LA RESERVE D'O ROUGE
2015 Terrasses de Larzac Domaine de La Réserve d'O
|Grapes||Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault|
|Sub-district||Coteaux du Languedoc|
|Village||Terrasses de Larzac|
A Cinsault/Syrah/Grenache blend from mature vines (average 30 years) nurtured organically and biodynamically (fully certified) on an estate sitting high up at 400m. The 2015 is beautifully aromatic with sweet red fruit and a hint of fresh dill on the nose and succulent wild-strawberry fruit edged with pepper and clove on the palate. Very stylish. Rating: 91 www.thewinegang.com (Oct 2017)
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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!
Last month we held our 2017 Annual Tasting at Trinity House. We were very pleased to see The Wine Gang were in attendance and even more delighted that they called the tasting 'a Pinot Noir paradise'. Here are a dozen of their favourites from the day.
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