About This Wine
Jean Orliac was a young agronomist at the University of Montpellier.
One day, while out exploring, he discovered a piece of land nestled between two facing limestone cliffs, overrun with huge olive trees and wild-growing grapevines. It was obvious to Orliac that this was a site which, decades earlier, had produced the classic Mediterranean trio of olives, wine and wheat.
It also was obvious that this would be the perfect place for one who was passionate about wine — a person such as himself — to produce a “Grand Vin.” So, Orliac acquired a 5-hectare parcel of the property, and not long thereafter, another 50 hectares. He “tamed” the vines, and used a local cave cooperative to produce his initial vintages.
Today, a quarter-century later, Orliac is still crafting vines from that reclaimed vineyard, now in his own winery, named Domaine de L’Hortus — Latin for “the garden,” a nod to the site’s past, present and future.
Very dark, rich, powerful wines with great aging potential (as long as 50 years), yet still can be drunk relatively young. Distinct pepper, spice, cherry and leather flavors, with smooth, supple texture. Embodied in majestic wines from France, Australia and, increasingly, California.
- Grape Composition:40% Syrah, 30% Merlot and 30% Grenache
- Grape Source:Vin de Pays du Val de Montferrand, France
- Aromas & Flavors:Blackberry, Blueberry Pop, Spice, Espresso & Caramel
- Aging Vessels:Stainless Steel Vats
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionsummer picnic or Sunday brunch fare.