2014 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "Hissez O" Terrasses du Larzac

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The "Hissez O" is the pinnacle of production for the Domaine. Sourced from the highest altitude, lowest yielding parcel the wine is composed of 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 5% Cinsault. The Hissez O is also aged in large older demi-muid barrels, adding richness and texture to the wine. As with all things Reserve d'O, the farming is certified both Ecocert Organic and Demeter Biodynamic. (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/13/2016 | Send Email
Perhaps the richest and most complex offering from La Reserve d'O, the Hissez O bottling is a master class in supreme winemaking. Syrah dominates this blend which is rounded out by Grenache and Cinsault, and that core lends the wine crowd-pleasing ripeness and roundness. But there is also exceptional complexity and structure here for the more discerning palate, including a warm cedar and spice note up front dusted with cracked black pepper, wrapped in cassis and figs. Acidity is seamless but bracing, the tannins sturdy but sweet. One of the best bottles in the store, for the money, from one of our favorite producers.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2016 | Send Email
The Hissez O is fleshy and rich, showing a level of concentration and complexity that belies its humble price. The wine has rich berry flavors and spicebox aromas with nuances of roasted figs and wildflowers. Coming from the oldest and best vines on the property, the Hissez O drinks much like a brilliant Cote-Rotie but for a fraction of the price.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2016 | Send Email
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Many years have blown by, but I remember a time spent in the Languedoc working on a farming commune, and experiencing firsthand the force of the Mistral, a strong, scouring wind that cut through the foothills and valleys like an icy scythe, vanquishing any living thing that wasn't rooted firmly to the earth. Vines must dig deep into the limestone and clay soils to secure a home in such an environment, and those souls like Marie and Frederic Chauffray who plant them must be equally tenacious and dedicated. The fruit of their efforts can be found in their immaculate, high-toned Hissez O, a wine revealing a spectrum of aromas and exceptional suppleness on the palate, where notes of blackcurrant, peppery spice, bay leaf, juniper and thyme interplay with finely-orchestrated tannins, finishing with finesse and balance. Decant for an hour or two and enjoy with a hearty root vegetable and beef stew or slow-braised ribs.
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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2016 | Send Email
I loved this wine last year and I love it just as much this year. Rich red and dark fruit with plenty of length and structure make this wine taste like it should command a higher price point. Lovingly grown and made, this is a beautiful wine to bring over to a holiday dinner that needs a wine big enough to stand up to any dish, but it does not fall flat or flabby and finishes with plenty of acid and minerality.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2016 | Send Email
This tremendous wine from our dear friends at Reserve D'O exemplifies all the reasons why Terrasses Du Larzac (and Languedoc in general) is such an incredible value. World-class winemaking from the finest possible fruit sources at an altogether reasonable price. This is definitely one to compare to the top-level CNDP and Gigondas, but has something extra. It's all Biodynamic and made as a labor of love, and you can definitely taste the commitment in every bottle.

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