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LVT 2018 r 2019 wh  Franck Faugier returned to the family domaine in 1998, when there were 15 hectares of vineyards and 8 hectares of fruit, mainly peach and nectarine. The fruit was stopped in 2014. Franck left the Cave de Tain in 2003; his grandfather Lucien made and sold his own wine, and his father Roland sent the crop to the Co-operative. The domaine has been officially organic across its 15 ha of Crozes-Hermitage and two hectares of Saint-Joseph since 2017. The Saint-Péray, part of a swap of vineyards with Stéphan Chaboud, will be organic from 2022. 

Les Chassis, the top wine from the oldest Syrah, massale, dating between the 1950s and 1970, is the clear winner. However, Franck has taken steps since 2014 to upgrade the entry level, early drinking wine Esquisse, by selecting it from specific sites, rather than being the leftovers after the top two wines, Les Galets and Les Vhassis, had been chosen. The result in 2018 was a both w.o.w. and STGT ***(*) wine. The standouts in 2015 were the ****(*) Les Chassis and the **** Les Galets, while the 2016 Les Galets red and the 2016 and 2017 Les Chassis red were all **** wines. Franck has taken to vinifying his Saint-Joseph red called …..? using whole bunches; it comes from late 1990s Syrah on the Coteau des Rodets at Ozon, just north of Tournon. From the early 2010s there has also been a fair Saint-Péray from 0.9 hectare on limestone. In 2011 Franck set up a small merchant business with his friend Fabrice Gonnet, who has some family vines at Hermitage. The range includes red and white Hermitage, and a good Condrieu.

Franck lost 90% of his Crozes-Hermitage Syrah harvest in a catastrophic 15 minutes of hail in mid-June, 2019, meaning there will be just one, limited production Crozes red for that vintage.

Franck Faugier 995 chemin des Hauts Chassis Les Hauts Chassis 26600 La Roche-de-Glun

Tel: +33(0)475 84 50 26


Countries exported to:1) USA 2) NL 3) Belgium 4) GB

Percentage Exported: 60%

British Importers: Wine Source Claire Thevenot 7-8 Stratford Place London W1C 1AY +44(0)203 574 4031 www.wine-source.com claire@wine-source.com Berry Brothers London www.bbr.com

USA Importers: Bradley Alan Imports, 347 Fifth Avenue #1012, New York NY 10016 +1 917 476 7578, +1212 679 5775, fax +1212 679 3366 Fruit of the Vines 51-02 Vernon Boulevard Long I sland City NY 11101 +1718 392 5640 celine@therisson-wines.com