Monday, March 23, 2009

Oh my favorite ...

French Rose is about to land in Texas...I fell in love with the very first sip, I promise you will too. - Cheers - Ali

Bergerie de l'Hortus Rose de Saignee 2008

Appellation: Coteaux du Languedoc

Varieties: 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre

Vineyards: Mourvedre (situated under the Hortus cliff) has a south-west exposure; Syrah (situated under the Pic Saint Lopu cliff) has a northern exposure; and Grenache an intermediate exposure.

Farming Practice: Sustainable with organic practices (moving towards organic certification)

Altitude: 150-200 meters

Aging: Steel vats 

About the winery: A young agronomist studying at the University of Montpellier back in the 70’s discovered an abandoned piece of land nestled between two facing limestone cliffs. The grape vines had grown wild and the huge olive trees were ancient; it
 was obvious to Jean Orliac that this location had been cultivated in ages past, producing the classic Mediterranean trio - olives, wine and wheat, and that this would be an ideal site to produce a “Grand Vin,” the dream of this passionate man.

Starting with 5 hectares and acquiring another 50 soon after, Jean Orliac named his property “l’Hortus”, the Latin translation for “The Garden”, as an homage to the land and its tradition. Early on, his grapes were transported to the local Cave Cooperative for pressing; in 1990 his cellars were built which allowed him to vinify and bottle on his own property.

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