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Domaine de l'Hortus White Blend Vin de Pays du Val Montferrand Bergerie de l'Hortus Classique 2007

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Jean Orliac is one of the top producers in Pic Saint Loup and his wines are to be found in many of the top French restaurants. Domaine de l'Hortus is one of the standard bearers AOC Pic St Loup. In 1979 Jean and Marie-Thérèse Orliac planted some abandoned land at the foot of two dramatic cliffs, the Pic St Loup and the Montagne de l'Hortus. They also built a distinctive winery, constructed mostly of wood. In total, they now have 55 hectares of vines, split over two sites, with 43 ha red grapes and 12 ha white. The main vineyard area is near the winery, where Mourvèdre grows on the hot scree slope under the Montagne de l'Hortus, whereas Grenache and Syrah are grown on a northeast-facing slope under the Pic St Loup, with a cooler microclimate. The high proportion of Syrah in the reds makes them beautifully eloquent wines & the use of seasoned new oak is most intelligent. The Bergerie red contains 60% Syrah with some Grenache and Mourvèdre and has a pleasing nose of violets, red fruits, liquorice and sweet spices. The Grande Cuvée rouge is aged in 2/3 new oak and 1/3 used barrels for fifteen months. Beautifully supple, displaying flavours of blackcurrant, vanilla and menthol.

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Domaine de l'Hortus:
Nice to visit. In a stunning region of France the wine makery and vinyard are situated just of the main road. The tasting room is above the botteling line, which gives a true feeling of authenticity.

Jean Orliac is one of the top producers in Pic Saint Loup and his wines are to be found in many of the top French restaurants. Domaine de l'Hortus is one of the standard bearers AOC Pic St Loup. In 1979 Jean and Marie-Thérèse Orliac planted some abandoned land at the foot of two dramatic cliffs, the Pic St Loup and the Montagne de l'Hortus. They also built a distinctive winery, constructed mostly of wood. In total, they now have 55 hectares of vines, split over two sites, with 43 ha red grapes and 12 ha white. The main vineyard area is near the winery, where Mourvèdre grows on the hot scree slope under the Montagne de l'Hortus, whereas Grenache and Syrah are grown on a northeast-facing slope under the Pic St Loup, with a cooler microclimate. The high proportion of Syrah in the reds makes them beautifully eloquent wines & the use of seasoned new oak is most intelligent. The Bergerie red contains 60% Syrah with some Grenache and Mourvèdre and has a pleasing nose of violets, red fruits, liquorice and sweet spices. The Grande Cuvée rouge is aged in 2/3 new oak and 1/3 used barrels for fifteen months. Beautifully supple, displaying flavours of blackcurrant, vanilla and menthol.

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