|| || $75 | 2-Pack: 2015 Domaine Ollier Tailliefer Faugères “La Grande Réserve”

Description

Domaine Ollier-Taillefer farms 36 hectares (89 acres) of vines in the Languedoc region of France. About half of their vines grows between 300 and 350 meters around the city of Fos. The altitude automatically results in lower yields and allows them to make wines with high-toned aromatics and moderate alcohols (Grenache at their altitudes ripens fully at 13.5 degrees, whereas down off the ridge at Antugnac, along the southern border of the appellation, similar ripeness translates into 14.5 to 15 degrees–an enormous difference). The resulting wine springboards right into the verdant lushness of garrigue that so characterizes the best of Languedoc’s wines and that Faugères captures so succinctly.

The grapes used for Faugères La Grande Réserve are grown in schist soils. It’s an acidic soil but paradoxically produces wine with relatively low acid levels. That deficit, such as it is, is compensated for by the lift of minerality imparted by the schist into this wine. Ollier-Taillefer’s high elevation takes this one step further, making for wines with particularly fine balance between ripe fruit and degrees of alcohol. This is strikingly apparent in their flagship, the Grande Réserve, raised in tank and unencumbered by wood, a wine bursting with pure finesse.

This shimmering cuvée with garnet reflections includes old vine Carignan, Grenache and Syrah. Complex, rich and still young, the nose opens with smoky notes and bramble with dried bay leaves and ripe cranberry. The palate seduces with its delicacy, the velvety texture of its well integrated tannins leads to a harmonious and fresh finish.

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