Mas Foulaquier was founded in 1998 by Swiss architect, Pierre Jéquier. There are 11 hectares in total, 3 of which are owned by Pierre's business partner and fellow winemaker, Blandine Chauchet, who added her parcels of 50 year-old Carignan and Grenache vines in 2003. The estate is situated in the increasingly fashionable Pic Saint-Loup region, Languedoc's most northerly appellation, and all the wines are biodynamic. 'l'Orphee' is a 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah and is aged in oak for 2 years.
A dark cherry red in the glass. A delightful nose of rich dark fruit and sous-bois (forest floor) with a touch of black licorice. Medium-bodied on the palate with a definite mineral streak running through the earthy, black fruit flavours. A very well structured wine with fine tannins and a lingering finish. Try with Gardiane de Taureau (Bullherd's stew) with plenty of wild herbs, haunch of wild boar with confit garlic or braised lamb shanks.