By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/16/2009 | Send Email
"In wildness is the preservation of the vine," to paraphrase Thoreau as my response to the utterly compelling wines of Les Clos Perdus (The Lost Vineyards), a tiny winery born from the beautiful, perfumed scrubland and poor, stony soils of Corbieres and Rousillon in Southwestern France. Resurrecting singularly-unique, isolated or neglected parcels of vines scattered throughout the rugged hillsides is no small effort, and winemaker Paul Olds, a former professional touring dancer, has, since 2003, followed his "other" passion by fully embracing and immersing himself in biodynamic principles of winemaking. The rich results, I'm happy to report, are distinctive wines of grace, complexity and, above all, terroir. The 2006 Prioundo, made from 70% old vine Grenache and 30% Cinsault, is scented with dried roses, violets, black tea, earth and tinges of lavender, leading to an expressive palate of ripe red fruits, supple, powdered tannins and a carressing, lingering finish. A very memorable wine to enjoy with most Mediterranean-inspired or Provencal dishes.