Clos de la Barthassade "Les Ouvrées" Terrasses du Larzac 2017
Syrah Blend｜Languedoc, France
Blend: 55% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache
Clos de la Barthassade is run by wife-and-husband team Hélène and Guillaume Baron, tucked high into the hills near Montpeyroux in the Languedoc, southern France. The "Terasses du Larzac" subregion is a premium appellation known for its Rhône-style blends at extremely high elevation. The soils here, particularly at this estate, are caillottes – huge chunks of bone-white Oxfordian limestone. Evidence of winemaking in the Languedoc goes back to 500 B.C.!
Every single practice at this estate is organic and natural, respecting the abundant biodiversity and decades of history that came before them. The wine is naturally fermented in a blend of steel, large barrel, and concrete eggs.
They craft a full-bodied, rich and deeply colored red reminiscent of a classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape: crushed blackberries, bacon, eucalyptus, bay leaf, and minerals. They firmly believe that new oak obscures the unique terroir; the result is loads of black fruit, aromatics, ripe fruit tannins and rocky mineral flavors with a smooth, long finish.
For fans of structured, full-bodies reds with class, and character, made naturally, look no further – this unique, delicious cuvée makes a fitting addition to the dinner table now or to tuck away into the cellar for a further 10 years of age without question.
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