LA RESERVE D'O ROUGE
2016 Terrasses de Larzac Domaine de La Réserve d'O
|Grapes||Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah|
|Sub-district||Coteaux du Languedoc|
|Village||Terrasses de Larzac|
This is equal parts Grenache and Cinsault with a little splash of Syrah. Élevage for the Syrah is in amphorae while the rest spends 18 months in concrete. The Réserve d'O rouge is a more serious cuvée than the Bilbo - which is not to say it lacks any brightness or joy. Like all the wines made by Marie and Frederic Chauffray, it is bursting with natural energy and vivacity. Here though, the fruit has a deeper, darker profile and there is a much more obvious mineral undertow; more of a sense of the deep, craggy, calcerous bedrock in which theses old vines thrive. It’s a perfect demonstration of the quality of this terroir and of the skill of the Chauffrays. Delicious now, this will certainly develop further nuance over the next five years. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 L&S (Sep 2018)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
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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