Domaine Leon BarralAfter founding the domaine in 1993, which he named after his grandfather, Didier Barral decided fairly quickly that biodynamic practices were the best choice for farming his vineyards. Deep in the heart of the Languedoc, in the Faugères appellation just outside the hamlet of Lenthéric, Domaine Léon Barral is a revolutionary winegrowing.
In this Mediterranean climate in the Languedoc where the sun burn the vines this oustanding producer make one of the most exciting wine i had in the last years, his red are completely outstanding recently i had the 2007 Valiniere which is one of his premium wine, 50% whole bunch, wild yeast in contact for 30 days in concrete tanks malolactic fermentation on lees in barriques for 2 years, old oak of-course; 80% Mouvedre and 20% Shiraz. Was really austere and blow me away thanks god to give me the chance to try it.
Recently i had is simple Faugeres 2009 Beautifully balanced with ripe berries, along with an intense alcohol in the palate, was warm in my mouth lifted by a terrific acidity and a good smooth present tannin, which is compelling the structure and his length.
And the last was his white one for 2010, 80% Terre Blanc and Gris, 20% Rousanne & Viogner; fermentation in concrete tanks with wild yeast completely malolactic in barriques 1/3 brand new and the rest used, on lees for one years. Completely oxidative stile in color and scent, but outstanding.