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2016 Les Vignes Oubliées, Terrasses du Larzac, Languedoc

2016 Les Vignes Oubliées, Terrasses du Larzac, Languedoc

Red | Ready, but will keep | Les Vignes Oubliees | Code:  49533 | 2016 | France > Languedoc-Roussillon > Coteaux du Languedoc | Other Varieties | Medium Bodied, Dry | 14.0 % alcohol

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WA

90/100

WA - Matured in demi-muids for a year, the 2016 Terrasses du Larzac is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Carignan and 20% Syrah. Despite the oak levage, there's no obvious toast or vanilla, just pure scents of black cherry fruit and hints of garrigue (thyme and bay) in this medium to full-bodied, supple, silky offering.
Joe Czerwinski - 31/05/2018

The Producer

Les Vignes Oubliees

Les Vignes Oubliees

Les Vignes Oubliées is a small domaine in the village of Saint Privat in the Terraces du Larzac appellation owned by Jean-Baptiste Granier. Jean-Baptistes great passion is locating and renovating plots of very old vines which have often been abandoned high up on the slopes around the village. The vineyards, which are sometimes co-planted with 2 grape varieties, are located at an altitude of 300 to 400 meters which means that they are kept relatively cool in this hot Mediterranean climate. They are small plots surrounded by shrubs and woodland which can also offer protection from wind and promote good biodiversity in the vineyard. Trained under the watchful eye of the famed Olivier Jullien, Jean-Baptiste set up this project with the help of his mentor and the grapes are grown organically as they are at Mas Jullien. The resulting wines are rich and complex but both Jean-Baptiste’s lightness of touch and the great schist-based terroir both contribute to a lovely freshness in the wines which makes them hard to not go back to.

The Grape

Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

The Region

Coteaux du Languedoc

The Coteaux du Languedoc appellation is either a useful assemblage of the top enclaves in the Hérault department or an extremely unhelpful conglomeration of vastly different sub-regions which would be more helpfully categorised independently. Whatever one's opinion, it is not short of both significance and potential, running along the Mediterranean coast from Narbonne almost as far east as Nîmes, and covering over 10,000 hectares – as well as some of the most attractive and wonderfully-situated vineyards in France.

Several of its sub-appellations are fighting for full AC status, the most famous being La Clape, Picpoul de Pinet and Pic St Loup. Of the others, high quality wines are now being produced in, inter alia, Montpeyroux, Grés De Montpellier and Terrasses du Larzac. All the principle grapes are represented, with Carignan and Cinsault reduced to a maximum of 40 percent apiece to encourage more fashionable varieties, especially Syrah and Mourvèdre. The terroir is equally diverse, with limestone, schist, sand and clay all evidenced.

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