|Grapes||Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault|
|Sub-district||Coteaux du Languedoc|
Bio-dynamically made here at this beautiful little estate, the Bilbo (Catalan name for Bilbao) is the purest expression of their land. About 70% Grenache with the balance being made up with Syrah and a little Cinsault, Bilbo has the clear lightness of touch which is somewhat Marie's trademark. She says the lovely delicate feel and tobacco notes are kept from being too overblown by the amazing conditions here perched 400m up on the edge of the Larzac Terrace. With up to 20 degrees diurnal difference in temperature you get long ripening times and real complexity in the juice. No oak is used but the wine spends 12 months in concrete - which rounds out the fruit and gives such an attractive, polished feel. Lots of lovely well ripened black fruit, some 'garriguey' herbal notes and tobacco spice make this a fascinating wine with huge drinkability. L&S (Sep 2014)
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This silky, Grenache-dominant blend is brimming with vibrant red berries, tobacco and white pepper. It’s a bit like a Côtes du Rhône that’s been sent to finishing school. Natasha Hughes MW. Expert's Choice: Le Midi: great-value 2013s.Decanter Magazine(Mar 2015)
From a vineyard 400m up in the hills, this Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault blend is named after Bilbao (in Catalan). Packed with delicate, pure black fruit and notes of garrigue and tobacco, it's complex and harmonious with polished fruit tannins: it hasn't seen any oak, just 12 months in concrete vats. (Decanter must-try red) Rating: 92-92 Decanter Magazine(Oct 2014)
A biodynamic Languedoc red made from Grenache, Syrah and a smidgen of Cinsault, in an appealing, approachable, almost-Beaujolais style. There's even a Beaujolais-like strawberry note to the supple, juicy, plummy fruit, but the peppery spice gives the Grenache/Syrah game away. We'd serve this just slightly cool to hobbits and other good friends. Rating: 89-89 The Wine Gang - www.thewinegang.com(Oct 2014)
Domaine de La Réserve d'O
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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