|Grapes||Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault|
|Sub-district||Coteaux du Languedoc|
|Village||Terrasses de Larzac|
This is our 4th vintage from the lovely Marie and Fred Chauffray up in the hills of the Coteaux de Languedoc. The 2013s were great but this is finer still and comes closer to the stunning 2012 which received 95 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
As ever, this is a delicious example of what can be done in this exciting appellation of Terraces de Larzac who's star is very much on the rise. Marie is making some brilliant wines here in the high-ground. Since 2004 she and her husband Fred have been working the 12 hectares of vines completely bio-dynamically and the results are great. The Reserve d'O is their flagship cuvee and is made of half and half Grenache and Syrah with just 10% Cinsaut. Grown at over 400 metres the fruit is perfectly ripened - there is a lovely powerful drive here and again those leafy tobacco notes and a bright spiciness. But there is great precision too. Aged for 18 months in concrete tanks, there is a lovely deep complexity here but this all remains wonderfully fresh. Clever stuff thanks to the cooling nights at this altitude and the reviving Mistral wind which tempers the southern sunshine. In 2014 this is a slightly cleaner more serious and more focussed style - and undoubtedly even more attractive for drinking!
L&S (Mar 2016)
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Domaine de La Réserve d'O: Full Wine List and Profile
Marie and Frederic Chauffray used to run a wine shop, but after studying agronomics, Marie became interested in growing grapes to make her very own wine. In 2004, she discovered a unique, original vineyard situated 400 metres up in the hills overlooking the Vallée de l’Hérault within the appellation Terrasses du Larzac. She was ecstatic. With her husband, Frédéric, they created “La Reserve d’O,” which they have farmed biodynamically from day one. All of the vines on this 12.5 hectares of soils sit on their own roots in poor, stony clayey-calcareous soils. The plateau upon which they sit is swept daily by the Mistral, a serious north wind from the Mediterranean. This special "climat" gives their wines a freshness and originality which differentiate them from the other wines of the area. All work in the vineyard is by hand. The vines now average 30 years of age and are composed of 50% Grenache, 44% Syrah and 6% Cinsault. Their wines are certified organic and biodynamic by Ecocert and Demeter. This way of working with minimal intervention and minimal impact on the environment now also includes the labels and bottles used here. Gone are the beautifully coloured and textured labels of old - replaced with classic designs in black and white on recycled paper - they bring to mind the great labels of wines from Domaine de la Romanée Conti!
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