2016 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "La Reserve d'O" Saint Guilhem le Desert Blanc (Previously $22)

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 Marie and Frédéric Chauffray farm several patches of old vines in the heights of the Terraces du Larzac, including a one-acre mixed planting of grenache blanc, roussanne and chenin blanc. As chenin isn’t allowed under the Terraces appellation, they’ve declassified it to Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, but there’s nothing downmarket about this white. It’s rich and salty, with the sweet savor of the beeswax in a honeycomb and the scent of flowers adding delicacy. The wine lasts, firm and dense, with a meaty, brothy note that gives it a sense of breadth without getting weighty. It would be delicious with a parmesan risotto, or simply salty ham.  (6/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 IGP Saint Guilhem Le Désert La Réserve D' O Vin Blanc is a unique blend of equal parts Chenin Blanc, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc that has loads of baking spices (clove, nutmeg), mulled stone fruits, medium-bodied richness and racy acidity. (JD)  (4/2017)

K&L Notes

The Reserve d'O Blanc is a small one acre parcel on the domaine that is co-planted with Chenin Blanc, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. The Chenin is not legally allowed in the Terrasses du Larzac appellation, so it is declassifed to the IGP Saint Guilhem le Desert. Another interesting thing about this parcel: it is co-harvested in one pass, pressed together and co-fermented. Elevage is in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness in the wine. Wildly unique and super cool wine. (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional Buyer)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/23/2017 | Send Email
Marie Chauffray of Domaine Reserve d'O relishes the opportunity to create signature wines of great charm, finesse and brilliance. Her artisanal talents are very much on display in this unique, declassified white wine, made from co-harvested, co-fermented Chenin Blanc, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. Unoaked, fresh-fruited and utterly distinctive, with floral and citrus aromas and a roundelay of rich yellow and stone fruits, embroidered with lovely acidity. A rich tapestry of a wine, and a tribute to a woman who unerringly follows her own path through the vineyards and beyond.
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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2017 | Send Email
We try a lot of wine as a part of our work here at K&L (it's a tough job but somebody's gotta do it!). When I taste a wine that is so completely unique and full of personality, such as this little gem, I have to stop and sing its praises. Marie Chauffray and her husband Frederic are wine shop owners turned vintners. Marie is part of a consortium of female winemakers called the vinifilles, a group of women who own and operate their estates touching every part of the process from the growing to the label design. They are Ecocert Organic and Demeter Biodynamic certified and even print their wine labels on recycled paper. This is natural winemaking at it's finest. Smelling the wine reminded me of eating a melon salad with mint and some sort of floral honey. It's fresh, enticing and interesting. It's on the fuller side but carries enough acid to prevent it from feeling too heavy. As we like to say, "so much wine, so little time", but I'm glad I found this one sooner rather than later.

Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2017 | Send Email
When was the last time you've had Chenin Blanc from the Languedoc? I'd venture to guess never. There's almost none grown in this region, but I'm surprised there isn't more after tasting this Chenin-based blend. It has an incredibly distinct aromatic profile with citrus, floral, and herbal notes. Big and round on the palate with a nice zap of acidity, and totally distinct from its counterparts in the Loire or South Africa. A seriously distinct and tasty wine.

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5