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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 refers to the slopes that descend from the Larzac plateau in the Massif Central mountains to the Languedoc region far below. On these sparsely populated slopes live a handful of farmers who hold small family plots—on average, just a couple acres—handed down generation to generation. For years these farmers sold the grapes from these low-yielding old vines at a loss to local cooperatives, who couldn’t afford to pay a proper price for quality grapes. To rectify the situation, a collective of these growers, Les Vignes Oubliées, was formed nearly a decade ago, with organic certification in the vineyards, natural winemaking in the cellar, and barrel aging in an abandoned, high-altitude grotto on the terrasses as pillars of the project. Now, not only do the farmers involved no longer sell at a loss, they are all part-owners of the collective and share its labor and benefits. The wine is exceptionally balanced for a southern wine, with soft tannins and a fresh bouquet, best enjoyed young and cool in the spring and summer months that lie ahead.

Chris Santini

$29.00
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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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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