2018 Saint Saturnin Domaine de La Réserve d'O
|Grapes||Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache|
|Other||Organic, Bio-dynamic, Low-sulphite|
|Sub-district||Coteaux du Languedoc|
From vineyards high above the village of Arboras, where the heat of the Mediterranean meets the cooler heights of the Plateau de Larzac. Mostly Grenache (with some Cinsault and just a touch of Syrah), unwooded but left to 'age' for 6 months in a concrete tank. All the ripeness and intensity of fruit you would expect to find in a Languedoc red, warm spices even, but balanced with a refreshing lift. Organic. L&S (Sep 2019)
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An organic Mediterranean red, based on grenache and, unusually at this level, with no oak. Ripe, with fine-grained tannins, enveloping warmth a hit of garrigue herbs.Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (Dec 2020)
Redolent of warm sunshine, damsons, dark fruits and dried herbs. The grapes are grenache (with cinsault and a little syrah), and it’s made in the foothills of the Massif Central. The feel is sumptuously enveloping, smooth but with a savoury edge.Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (Sep 2020)
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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