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2015 Domaine L'Ostal "Grand Vin" Minervois La Livinière (Previously $25)

SKU #1367446 91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A spicy, full-bodied red, with a white pepper note edging the pure and focused cherry and boysenberry fruit. Accents of licorice, herb and mineral detail the earth-tinged finish. Moderate tannins. Syrah, Carignan, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2023. (GS) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Dark mid crimson. A clarety build to this one. Ripe cru bourgeois?! Sweet start and big and bold but without exaggeration. Still quite a bit of tannin but good balance and a rich, redcurrant compote sort of flavour. Emphatic and confident. 16.5/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

K&L Notes

For many years Jean-Michel Cazes, owner of Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, scoured the countryside of the Languedoc in search of a great property. It wasn't until he came across the village of La Liviniere in 2002, at the foot of the Montagne Noire, when his search ended. La Liviniere is the Cru appellation of Minervois producing some of the deepest and most powerful reds in this region. Jean-Michel with the help of his son Jean-Charles found a property suitable to their standards and rechristened the estate L'Ostal, meaning both "house" and "family group" in the ancient Occitan language. The domaine comprises some 150 hectares, 60 planted to vineyards and 25 to olive trees. Sunny days and cool night breezes coming off the Montagne distinguish this Cru from the rest of Minervois. The surrounding terroir is composed of layers of limestone and sandy marl, a calcareous soil great for drainage, which forces the roots of the vines dig deep in search of water and nutrients. This terroir is ideal for preserving freshness and acidity in Syrah and Grenache, the two primary grapes of the estate. The Grand Vin is composed of mostly Syrah, about 70% with a bit of Carignan, Grenache and Mourvèdre rounding out the blend. The wine sees about 15 months in French oak barrels before bottling and rests at the estate until it is ready to be released. The wine has brambly fruit flavors, peppery spices, and supple velvety tannins. It is perfect for drinking now and over the next 10+ years.

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By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2018 | Send Email
This is a wonderfully bold Minervois-- the Syrah certainly steals the show with big doses of pepper, dark, richly tart fruit and mild hints of candied orange (blossom aromatics with a hint of bitter peel on the finish). The rest of the blend is Grenache, with Carignane and Mourvedre bringing up the rear. Tanins are strong but smooth, lasting well through the finish. A textural Languedoc blend that stand out from the pack. Try with pot roast and hearty root vegetables!

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