French Wine Appellations: Faugères to Fronton

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Faugères
Faugères AOC wines come from the Languedoc-Roussillion region of southeastern France. The rustic, spicy reds are made from Cinsault and Carignan grapes, hardly top of the line varieties. The fruity, dry rosés are made from those two varieties along with Grenach and/or the local Lladoner Pelut and two others. They may be cellared for 3 to 10 years.

Faugères French Wine

Faugères French Wine

Fitou
Fitou AOC wines come from the Languedoc-Roussillion region of southeastern France. These reds peaked decades ago and now considered a run of the mill L-R AOC. They are made from the same varieties listed above (minimums and maximums differ) except that Cinsault need not be present. (Hardly something to cry about, unless you grow that variety.)

Fleurie
Fleurie AOC wines come from the Beaujolais region of northeastern France. This red is the most expensive Cru Beaujolais. It is arguably the best Gamay wine. Usually it may be cellared for 2 to 8 years, but you can double these figures for the best Fleuries.


Fronton
Fronton AOC wines come from southwest France. They were formerly known as Côtes du Frontonnais AOC. The reds are medium to full-bodied, the rosés are overly fruity. Both are made from a wide variety of international and local red grapes and must contain 50% to 70% Negrette. This dark red variety is a direct descendant of Mavro, a major red on Cyprus. Negrette's other claim to fame is its dozens and dozens of synonyms.

      
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