Fine Faugères, abrrel aged brandy of Geographical Indication
Aged for 10 years in oak barrels (GI: minimum 5 years), Fine Faugères is a wine brandy from the Faugères appellation. It was first mentioned in the inventory of Empress Josephine's cellar. Reputed to be the "third brandy of France" more than half a century ago, its production stopped in 1985, when the Salles distillery closed, only to be revived in the early 2000s at the initiative of local producers in cooperation with the Union des Distilleries de la Méditerranée (UDM) and the artisan master distiller Matthieu Frécon. Today we are the only distillery making this Fine for the Faugères estates.
The barrel of this batch was distilled from 2010 red wine. It spent 10 years in oak barrels having first received wine from the same estate. It is therefore entitled to bear the title XO, "extra-old".
Fine Faugères is a very round brandy with a lot of fruit, notably aromas of raisins and candied orange. Those are joined by notes of vanilla, salted caramel and tonca bean.
A soft feeling of velvet or silk covers the palate and stays there, and stays, and stays: its length on the pallate is notorious.
Fine Faugères can be enjoyed with a cigar, a small black coffee or next to an open fire with a good book. A little more unusual consumption pairs the Fine to some frangipane desserts or exotic fruits like braised pineapple. In Cocktails it can replace aged rum.