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2015 Terrasses du Larzac

Les Vignes Oubliées

2015 Terrasses du Larzac Les Vignes Oubliées - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

The Terrasses du Larzac appellation is not especially well known, having only gained official recognition in 2005. And yet these vineyards in the northern Languedoc, perched up in the foothills of the Cévennes mountain range, offer fascinating conditions for winemaking, which producers such as Jean-Baptiste Granier of Les Vignes Oubliées are keen to exploit. At significant elevation, his parcels benefit from cool mountain winds and more rainfall than in the extremely hot and arid low-lying zones to the south; these conditions preserve a certain ethereal qual- ity in this concentrated blend of old-vine Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan. Today, via organic farming and traditional methods in the cellar like native yeast fermentations and aging in neutral wood, he crafts small quantities of this red that marries southern power with northern elegance. A fine example of what can be achieved in the Terrasses du Larzac, this cuve?e offers balanced, earthy pleasure today and will develop further in bottle for at least a decade.

Anthony Lynch

Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Carignan
Appellation: Terrasses du Larzac
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Les Vignes Oubliées
Winemaker: Jean-Baptiste Granier
Soil: Schist, Sandstone, Clay, Limestone
Aging: Aged 12-months in demi-muids and barriques
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 14%

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About Languedoc-Roussillon

Ask wine drinkers around the world, and the word “Languedoc” is sure to elicit mixed reactions. On the one hand, the region is still strongly tied to its past as a producer of cheap, insipid bulk wine in the eyes of many consumers. On the other hand, it is the source of countless great values providing affordable everyday pleasure, with an increasing number of higher-end wines capable of rivaling the best from other parts of France.

While there’s no denying the Languedoc’s checkered history, the last two decades have seen a noticeable shift to fine wine, with an emphasis on terroir. Ambitious growers have sought out vineyard sites with poor, well draining soils in hilly zones, curbed back on irrigation and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and looked to balance traditional production methods with technological advancements to craft wines with elegance, balance, and a clear sense of place. Today, the overall quality and variety of wines being made in the Languedoc is as high as ever.

Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés to be found as well, along with stunning dessert wines revered by connoisseurs for centuries.

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For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.


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