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2017 Château de L'Ou "Secret de Schistes" Côtes Catalanes

SKU #1446569 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark One of the gems in the lineup is the 2017 Cotes Catalanes Secret De Schistes which is all Syrah from the higher elevation sites of schist soils. Aged 17 months in new oak, it has a beautiful perfume of crème de cassis, blue fruits, classy oak, and graphite that opens up with time in the glass. Possessing full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, and again, this voluptuous, weightless texture, it’s a brilliant wine that will keep for over a decade. This is one of those wines that blends elegance and richness brilliantly. *Top 100 Wines of 2019* Inner quote mark (7/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Secret de Schistes is a full-bodied, supple Syrah that remarkably measures 16% alcohol yet comes across as only slightly warm. Serving temperature is critical with these supersized wines, but when you get it right, they can really impress. Scents of cherry cola marry seamlessly with barrel char, leather and vanilla in this creamy-lush offering, which finishes with wonderfully silky tannins and lingering spice notes. Certified organic. (JC) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

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. *Organic*


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By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/10/2019 | Send Email
Wow! It tastes of New World stylings on Old World terroir. Subtle minerality under cola an coconut oil, with sweet black fruit, rich, mouthfilling tannins, and subtle spiciness. If you're a fan of Orin Swift, or the Prisoner, these wines offer similar richness with a little more spice. Powerful expressions of France's southwest area of Mediterranean production.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/10/2019 | Send Email
I have the great pleasure of tasting more wines on a weekly basis than I care to admit; and this was easily one of the most impressive I tasted at a recent session. I love the complete package of blue fruits, stony minerality, the hint of roasted tar, all dusted by a touch of Asian spice. The wine possesses opulence but it’s kept quite compact on account of the very impressive structure. Syrah enthusiasts would be well served loading up on this one. Very impressed!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/10/2019 | Send Email
Firing on all cylinders, the wines of Chateau de L'Ou's Severine Bourrier are some of our most popular and well received. The depth of fruit is tremendous and they cross the appeal of modern and fleshy with French sensibility. They have been compared to the style of Manfred Krankl's Sine Qua Non's many times in the past and it is hard not see why. The Secret is the flagship wine that first really caught my attention. All farmed on a small plot of brown schist, these older vines yield some of the most concentrated Syrah produced anywhere in the Roussillon. The wine goes through barrel aging for about a year and then rest in bottle for another year before shipping. That concentration needs a little time to unwind but when it does, the layers come flooding through. Blueberries, cherry compote, creosote, smoked paprika. There is a lustiness to the wines but loads of complexity underlying there as well. The 2017 reaches the heights of the past two successes, both the 2015 and 2016, so its hard not to see why she's one of our favorites.

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