Sommelier note: Domaine Mas Nuy is one of the little gems in the prized appellation of Faugères. Tucked away in the bushy hillsides around the medieval town called Faugères, the vineyards have a very special ‘terroir’. The soil is extraordinary with Schiste (brown and grey slate). This soil type delivers nice freshness in the wines with lots of minerality and acidity. Many of the vineyards have some altitude allowing a longer ripening time for the fruit. As we say “Time on the vine makes fine wine!” The soils and the altitude keep the wines ‘alive’ in your mouth and won’t tire you! Leaving a half full bottle of wine at the end of the evening won’t be a problem. Pierre Urbain, the Belgian surgeon who fell deeply in love with Faugères, is the winemaker. He finds his role to be “birthing the wines”, allowing them to fully express the terroir and the grapes as they grow there, without too much intervention by the winemaker. Helping, not interfering.
This ‘Le Fou du Rec’ is harvested from vines on southern slopes here in Faugères. Hand harvested grapes will get a long maceration on the skins to extract colour and flavor. The Grenache Noir stays in the tank. After fermentation, the Syrah will pass 14 months in beautiful Austrian Stockinger oak barrels. This type of oak has less flavor than French oak and we are not looking for oaky flavors in this wine, but we love the micro-oxygenation these barrels give the wine. Makes the wines in the end round and luscious.
Dark colour, red and black fruit in the nose with some vanilla when young. Big wine with mouthfeel, soft tannins and a smooth, long finish. Syrah at its peak! Drink this big wine with big food like hare, game and truffles! Long ageing potential. You too will become Fou du Rec—crazy about this vineyard!!