DOMAINE OLLIER-TAILLEFER LES COLLINES ROSÉOllier-Taillefer
Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre
We were frankly astounded by the 2018 Domaine Ollier Taillefer Rosé – it was sooooo delightful to drink. It screamed summertime and being outdoors and enjoying life. When the 2019 arrived, it was still a great rosé but we kept opening the 18’s until about 6 months after its release. NOW – the 2019 even exceeds the 2018, and we can’t get enough. This wine is everything you want in a rosé -clean, crisp, thirst quenching, and rich in flavor. It not only pairs with food, it enhances them. Impossible to have a nicoise salad without this rose, or pizza, or even hamburgers.
We’re just about out of our supply as we eagerly await the 2020. For your own good, we’re selling these in 3 packs only. You’ll understand why after you taste it!
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What sets Faugères apart amid the labyrinth of Languedoc appellations are two things: its geology of schist, and its high elevation. Relative to other Languedoc appellations, it’s also small and rather stunningly compact, being one of more than twenty appellations in Languedoc but owning less than 1% of the total vineyard surface. This meager percentage encompasses seven village communes in a solid block along the first ridge of the Cevennes Mountains inland from Béziers.The villages of Faugères and Fos and their vineyards are the highest in the appellation—as high as 350 meters—and Fos is the most remote in the far northeast corner of the delimited area. This is the home of Ollier-Taillefer, a domain run by siblings Luc and Françoise Ollier. Their parents bottled their first wine in the mid-1970s (before their vows, he was an Ollier and she was a Taillefer), having come from four generations of growers in the region. The oldest vines Luc and Françoise farm today are Carignan, growing in a parcel planted by their great grandparents in 1910. These grapes go into their Grande Réserve cuvée.
Hand-harvest, with the Grenache and Cinsault–the grapes with the least col- or–pressed directly while the more col- ored Syrah and Mourvèdre are worked in a saignée method (which also gives more texture and aromatic complexity). Made in tank.