L'O DE LA VIE
2016 Minervois Domaine Anne Gros et Jean-Paul Tollot
Mostly Syrah, and that defines the profile, nice depth of sappy, juicy fruit. Good seamless fine taninned silkiness and black cherry length. Lovely now, will hold for a few years. Drinking range: 2018 - 2023 L&S (Dec 2017)
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An 80-20 blend of Syrah and Grenache, the 2016 Minervois L'O de la Vie was aged almost entirely in tank, with just 15% seeing wood. With all that Syrah, there's a bit of tarry reduction at first, so give it a healthy decant to let the cedar and black cherry notes come out. It's medium to full-bodied, slightly more concentrated than the IGP offerings, silky in texture and long on the finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2021 Rating: 91 Joe Czerwinski, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2018)
Domaine Anne Gros et Jean-Paul Tollot
Anne Gros and Jean-Paul Tollot (Domaine Tollot-Beaut) have taken over some wonderful vineyards in the Minervois, and brought Burgundian savoir-faire to an area which all too often produces sweet or leaden-footed lumpen wines. These wines have a style of lively freshness which is so uncommon anywhere in Languedoc-Roussillon. We were bowled over by their drinkability, and feel they offer so much in terms of character and flavour, while remaining easy to approach, mineral and light of touch. Click here to read Jancis Robinson's article: A Burgundian in the Languedoc.
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