2015 Château de L'Ou "Ipso Facto" Côtes Catalanes Rouge (Previously $120)

SKU #1309395 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A special blend made by proprietress Séverine Bourrier that’s from a mix of the Secret de Schistes, Velours and Infiniment de l’Ou cuvees, the 2015 Igp Côtes Catalanes Ispo Facto is a total blockbuster that’s up with the greatest wines made from the Roussillon. Sporting a deep, inky color as well as full-bodied, ripe, yet pure notes of blackcurrants, Peking duck, spiced meats and licorice, it’s full-bodied, perfectly balanced, concentrated and long. In short, it’s a sensational Roussillon I wish every reader could taste. (JebDunnuck.com)  (8/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A new cuvee made from a blend of all three cuvees and possessing another level of elegance and purity, the 300-case 2015 Côtes Catalanes Ipso Facto checks in as 100% Syrah that spent 15 months in new French oak. Notes of cured meats, iodine, ripe black currants, smoked duck, licorice and chocolate all emerge from the glass. Full-bodied, seamless and ultra-pure, it’s a tour de force from the Roussillon that needs to be tasted to be believed. (JD)  (4/2017)

K&L Notes

Séverine Bourrier came to winemaking through her own passion for the subject, not having the family history associated with so many winemakers. She studied oenology in school and worked in Bordeaux for a decade. After meeting her husband, they relocated to a property an hour outside of Perpignan in the Roussillon. They began restoring an old château and did some replanting, rechristening the estate L’Ou, which is Catalan for "egg." The property is in an oval-shaped valley that was used as a rest area by herd animals and likely the Knights Templar on their way to various crusades. The estate consists of three primary terroirs: the alluvial marl soils that make up the valley, and two higher-elevation sites, one made up of black schist and the other brown. Their key grape variety is Syrah but Séverine also grows the classic regional varieties like Grenache and Carignan. For white grapes, they grow Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Muscat and of all things, Chardonnay, which is renowned for being one of the best in the region.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2017 | Send Email
Their benchmark wine to be sure is the 2015 Ipso Facto. A blend of the best lots from all three soils—alluvial, black schist and brown schist—the depth on this wine is almost inconceivable. Approaching perfection, this wine moves the needle on what we think about wines from the Roussillon. With organic principles, insightful winemaking and passion for their project, Château de L’Ou has done something truly amazing by changing the perception of what a region is and what can be accomplished there.

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2017 | Send Email
The Ipso Facto is a blend of Syrah coming from three different soil types on the estate of Chateau de L'Ou and a damn fine expression of what it's capable of producing. The tannins are slightly grippy but not overbearing. The nose is surprisingly beautifully executed with subtle notes of vanilla, and raspberry licorice. This bottle of Syrah is definitely a bottle you got to have a nice meal with, and not just a simple New York cut of steak. Throw some filet mignon on the grill, and enjoy with the Ipso Facto.

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