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2013 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "Hissez O" Terrasses du Larzac

SKU #1238483 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A small step back from the insanely good 2011 (don’t miss a chance to try this), the 2013 Terrasses du Larzac Hissez O is still gorgeous, yet is closed and backwards at the moment and needs to be forgotten for a year or two. Offering a touch of damp earth and underbrush in its core of ripe plums, currants and assorted dark fruits, it’s medium-bodied, supple, polished and has fine tannin. It should keep nicely through 2025. The blend is 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 5% Cinsault, from higher elevation sites, that spent 22 months in three-year-old demi-muids. I found all three of these 2013s from Domaine de la Reserve d’O to show the fresher, more austere nature of the vintage. They all benefited from air (I tasted these bottles over two days) and should have a decade or so of longevity.  (4/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Richly layered with ripe raspberry, black olive and cherry tea notes, this full-bodied red sports tangy acidity and ample, polished tannins. Dried meat, savory spice, and mocha accents mark the lingering, iron-tinged finish. Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault.  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

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: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/12/2016 | Send Email
The Hissez O represents the pinnacle of the Domaine's production. It is from the rockiest soils at the top of the hill in the vineyards. Yields are the lowest and produce the most concentrated fruit. The Hissez O has a perfumed opulence with lavender, blueberry and smoked meat aromas. Reminiscent of a great Cote Rotie but at such a bargain comparatively. I'm not the only one who felt that way, several of my associates commented on the northern Rhone aspect of this wine. Meant for the cellar but equally delicious now, this is serious stuff worthy of your time.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2016 | Send Email
Truly a "vin de garde" and an incredible value with that in mind, this Hissez O is the Domaine's top wine. It shows great concentration, big bold purple fruit and earth spicy. The tannin is much more prominent than the other wines, but ultimately remains silky and fine, which implies that you should drink this now. You shouldn't. If you can bear to keep your hands off it, this wine will provide vast rewards. Treat it like any of the finest Rhone offerings and you'll end up falling in love like we did.

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2016 | Send Email
This is perhaps my favorite producer from the Languedoc, and the Hissez O is their most fully realized bottling. It has more grip and musculature than the others, but the tannins are still fine-grained, avoiding blustery modern descriptors like "chewy," instead favoring a softer, more nuanced style. The core varietal here is Syrah (blended with some Grenache and Cinsault) and it takes on a character similar to those from the Northern Rhone valley, showing vivid blackberry fruit, cedar, meaty roasted herbs, sandalwood, black pepper, violets, and faint hints of aromatic coffee bean. All this might sound as if the wine is huge and unwieldy, but it is essential to note that it is the harmonious way these flavors compliment and balance each other that elevates this wine beyond the sum of its parts to create a texture and flavor profile completely unique to this winery.

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Rhone Blends

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France

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Languedoc-Roussillon