Faugères is a relatively new Appellation, founded in 1982, as a break-away from the much larger Coteaux de Languedoc when the unique quality of its wines was realised. Schist soils (made famous here in SA by Mullineaux) are largely the reason for the outstanding quality of the wines. The reds are mostly GSM’s. Mas Du Colombel, owned by Eric Chabbert, is in the heart of the schist-rich areas of Faugères. Small production and hand-crafting is the order of the day with this producer, who is largely seen as a rising-star of the area with listings in such overseas retailers as the UK’s Majestic Wines and leading premium US retailers. Internationally the wine media seems to be agreed that his wines drink at twice to three times their price-point… and we completely agree.