2015 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "La Réserve d'O" Terrasses du Larzac (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1306660 91 points Wine & Spirits

 Marie and Frédéric Chauffray grow this wine on a wind-blown limestone plateau at the top of the Terraces du Larzac. The old vines, tended biodynamically, put out a gorgeously supple, floral red in 2015. Equal parts grenache and syrah with ten percent cinsault, vinified entirely in a mix of cement and stainless steel, the wine is juicy with pure berry fruit, soft grape-skin tannins lending it a gently firm grip and suede-like texture. Airy yet enveloping, it’s an elegant red to drink now with a crown roast of lamb.  (6/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This engaging, full-bodied red has a plump, polished feel to the licorice and orange zest notes lining the raspberry and currant flavors at the core. Integrated, moderate tannins linger, with mineral and floral aromas on the finish. Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. Drink now through 2021. (GS)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

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 ten 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) *Biodynamic, Natural Wine*

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2018 | Send Email
Terrasses du Larzac is a relatively recent addition to the list of Languedoc appellations, having achieved AOC status only in 2005. Domaine de la Réserve d'O, too, is a relatively recent addition to the portfolio of wines K&L imports directly from France. The 2015 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "La Réserve d'O" Terrasses du Larzac is only the fourth vintage of the wine we have sold here, but it is by far my favorite. There is a certain generosity here, an appealing richness. The exceptional 2015 vintage offers plenty of ripe fruit, complemented nicely by exotic spice and savory elements.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2017 | Send Email
A stellar Southern French red-blend from our friends at Domaine de la Réserve d'O. The winery is both certified Ecocert Organic and Demeter Biodynamic, and that is reflected in the grace and depth of this cuvee of 2015 ‘La Réserve d'O.’ Aromas initially of black currant and blackberry, along with garrigue, smoked meat, and licorice on the back end. On the palate, the dark fruit arrives once more, though this time in there is also a presence of red fruit like plum and raspberry. Cocoa powder and black pepper flavors are present on the finish. A beautifully well-integrated wine, with both power and finesse. Nice when drunk on its own, but also quite versatile with regards to food pairing application. Our staff who visited the winery in Languedoc enjoyed this with local blood sausage and an onion & apple chutney. Everything from pork chops to grilled chicken to veal, this wine will fit right in at your dinner table

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2017 | Send Email
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With her down-to-earth warmth and embrace of non-interventionist winemaking, Marie Chauffray of Domaine De La Reserve d’O manifests the abiding ethos of the Vinifilles, an accomplished coterie of amazing women winemakers in the Languedoc-Roussillon. She and her husband relinquished their safe life as owners of a wine shop, and spent a decade scouring the rugged countryside for the perfect site to grown their own. They found it in the high, windswept Terrasses du Larzac appellation, where her biodynamic, terroir-driven wines, grown on poor clay and calcareous soils are uniquely defined by their refreshing aromatic profiles and intense flavors. Her 2015 La Reserve d’O is a compelling blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault, with alluring black fruit aromas leading to an expansive palate of blackcurrant, cherries, licorice, cocoa and baking spice. Certainly one of the most harmonious wines I've tasted this year.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2017 | Send Email
When I started here at K&L, Domaine de la Reserve d'O was one of the first direct imports I loved from the Languedoc. There is not only a female winemaker, but the estate vineyard is certified biodynamic and organic and the wines have minimal sulfur added. This wine is a blend all estate fruit, mostly Syrah and Grenache with a touch of Cinsault. This wine if playful, approachable and expressive with a great balance of savoriness, dark fruits and spice.

Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2017 | Send Email
The 2014 was one of the first wines I took home when I first starting working at K&L. Its still an absolute knock-out of a wine. The 2015 is highly aromatic and intensely expressive. I found notes of tar, plum, vanilla and cherry with just a hint of bacon fat. Sweet and spicy, but clean and polished this wine is big on decadent fruit, and makes for delicious drinking. One of my go-to wines for customers because it never fails to show spectacularly.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/2/2017 | Send Email
I still rank my meeting with Marie and Fred Chauffray as one of the great "gets" in my career as a wine buyer for K&L. We were introduced to each other through our mutual friend Francoise Antech-Gazeau of Maison Antech, one of our sparkling wine producers from the south of France. The Chauffray's and Francoise are a part of an association of growers known as the Vinifilles, or wine women. When I first tasted their wine at a Vinifilles event, I had to meet them. So a couple of years later and a few hundred cases now sold, we have just landed the 2015 vintage, one of the most eagerly anticipated yet. The wine begins as its normal charming self filled with a savory nose of roasted plum, black cherries, allspice and clove. It has an almost Cote Rotie expressiveness. On the palate, the wine carries tremendous weight but no heaviness. Like most of the 2015s of the south, it is a little riper and a little more polished than previous vintages. Even though its more concentrated, the wine holds it balance beautifully and I would begin drinking with aplomb, but that concentration will yield some longevity and I only see years of development and complexity to come. So, adding to my collection of Reserve d'O wines, I will happily drink half my case now and watch the rest evolve gracefully for many more years to come. Bravo Marie and Fred! I am still so grateful our paths crossed.

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