Since Roman antiquity and until the Middle Ages, the Benedictine monks took care of vineyards in Faugères, some of which were subsequently taken over by the Cistercians. The monastery Abbaye Sylva Plana (built in 1139) has been in the center of this area for almost 900 years. Some adjacent vines are part of the total 54ha hectare vineyard of the Bouchard family.
The vines are planted on slate, limestone and gray marble soils with mostly a southern exposure. Summers are very dry and annual precipitation rarely exceeds 700mm per year. All grapes are picked by hand. They work here according to the biodynamic clock, natural treatment, biological composts, plowing with horses and minimal intervention in the cellar. This creates wines with a great 'terroir' expression.
The Faugères appellation is defined by its slate soil, which is the result of numerous geological movements, some of which date back to the primary era. Deposits of clay and sand that had accumulated over millions of years on the seabed and bordered by a mountain, were compressed and brought to extreme temperatures to form these 'mille-feuilles' of shale.
The white Faugères is beautiful, elegant and clean. Dry with fine notes of white (stone) fruit. The red wines are all blends of Grenache and Syrah. It starts with the lively scented 'Les Novices' of young vines. Then follows the most famous 'domain wine' La Closeraie, with concentration and elegance. The last two wines possess a lot of everything, Sogne de L'Abbaye is large, concentrated, full and powerful. The superlative is called 'Part du Diable' and is one of the most powerful, robust and most concentrated wines from the Languedoc.
There are also two sympathetically priced and more than successful wines, under the name Domaine Deshenry's, white and red from the Pays d'Oc appellation.