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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.
|Blend:||60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Carignan|
|Appellation:||Terrasses du Larzac|
|Producer:||Les Vignes Oubliées|
|Soil:||Schist, Sandstone, Clay, Limestone|
|Aging:||Aged 12-months in demi-muids and barriques|
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.