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

SKU #1272390 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A silky, seamless blend of 45% Syrah, 45% Grenache and 10% Cinsault, the 2014 Terrasses du Larzac La Réserve d’O gives up killer notes of cassis, black raspberries, strawberries, graphite and spice. Medium-bodied, supple and incredibly polished on the palate, with bright acidity that's completely integrated into the wine, drink this downright classy red anytime over the coming 4-5 years. (JD)  (4/2017)

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We met Marie Chauffray at the Vinifilles tasting in January of 2015 in Montpellier. The Vinifilles (which means "wine girls") is an association of women producers who own and operate their own estates. From growing to winemaking to marketing, they are involved in every aspect of their wineries' successes. I was invited by our friend Francoise Antech-Gazeau (our sparkling wine producer from the Limoux) to visit and taste her wines and meet some of her other grower-producer friends. Chauffray's was one of the most impressive wines we tasted at the event, and we immediately struck up a relationship. Marie owned a wine shop but always wanted to pursue growing, so she and her husband Frederic began looking for a vineyard. It took 10 years to find the perfect plot. The vineyard which is planted on limestone gravel is on a unique site 400 meters above sea level in the Terrasses du Larzac sub-region of Languedoc. The farming is certified both Ecocert Organic and Demeter Biodynamic. Representing the best qualities of the estate the "Reserve d'O" is a blend of 45% Grenache, 45% Syrah with 10% Cinsault. Some of the most unique wines you will taste all year. (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2016 | Send Email
Here is a killer value in a deeply fruited and complex wine that despite its heft and structure is balanced enough to drink tonight. The layers of ripe blackberry, huckleberry and black cherry are livened by hints of licorice, anise, pepper and wild flowers. There is a wonderful tension between the depth of the fruit and the intense chalky finish. This is compelling juice for a mere 20 bucks.

Staff Image By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2016 | Send Email
I like lists. Thinking of them. Making them. And the most important (yet most infrequent), CROSSING ITEMS OFF them. It was several nights ago, lounging on my sofa and with wine glass in hand that I found myself cataloging a series of favorites. What was tonight's subject of contemplation? Let's see if you can figure it out after hearing the first examples that came to mind: Homer Simpson's signature phrase. The basis for PIZZA! Cold...Hard...CASH. And finally, the most recent discovery to be added here...THIS WINE! This, the flagship from what might be the ONLY WINE in the store which we ALL AGREE ON, has it all: Deep and brooding black fruit, a healthy dollop of Syrah spice, tobacco, and a long, expressive finish. To put it in even more complex terminology.... WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2016 | Send Email
Terrasses du Larzac, founded in 2005, is the newest and perhaps the most favorably sited appellation within the entire Coteaux du Languedoc. Primarily dedicated to Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre, the climate benefits from warm days and unusually cool nights, creating the perfect conditions for slowly maturing grapes that display both richness and complexity. The proud workhorse wine for this producer is the Reserve d'O, a lovely unoaked cuvee of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault, with superb aromas and enticing flavors of blackberry, white pepper, wildflowers and garrigue, retaining a wonderful freshness and purity that really sets this new producer apart.
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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2016 | Send Email
Fred and Marie Chauffray began their career in the wine industry when they took over Fred's family wine store in a Paris suburb. Marie wanted to make her own wine, so she began a near decade long quest to find the right site to produce the kinds of wines in which she was most interested. Found it she did and after nearly another decade of hard work and persistence they are making one of the quintessential wines in the Languedoc region. We discovered them in 2015 at the Millesime Bio wine fair and instantly fell in love. The 2014 Reserve is now the third vintage of this wine we have worked with and it is as equally appealing as the sumptuous '13 and vibrant '12 were. I expect that 2014 will even offer more longevity for those willing to put away a few bottles. The wine is perfumed with loads of raspberries, lavender, garrigue and pipe tobacco. The intensity and length on the wine fill the palate and the finish is quite long. With the rate at which people have been buying these wines, we don't expect the inventory to last too long. Please make sure you get some now because it could be a long wait for the 2015 Reserve to arrive.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2016 | Send Email
I brought a bottle of this wine to my Thanksgiving day dinner last year and I will likely do that again this year. Bright red fruit with notes of savory herb and spices plus some minerality make this a fantastic wine for all kinds of dishes. The only downside was that the wine disappeared far to soon, so it makes sense to grab a few for backups.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2016 | Send Email
A beautiful dark colored wine. It is full bodied and juicy with absolutely delicious dark fruit flavors. What sets it apart for me is the complexity, balance and purity of the wine. It can be enjoyed alone but will go well with hearty foods.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14