Domaine Bergerie De L'Hortus - Rouge
A beautiful blend of Syrah and Mourverde from Languedoc. A deep, inky red, this wine has a spicy aroma that leads to dark fruit flavours on the palate. One of many Vegan friendly wines available from Wines Direct.
- Syrah, Mourvedre
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Jean Orliac is a passionate vigneron, full of ideas and is always looking to improve his wine and the conditions in which he makes it. He has moved from a conacre position (system of land rental) to owner status and from sharing a cellar to building a sophisticated chais (wine storehouse). He was one of the first to plant vines in the Pic St. Loup area.
Domaine de L’Hortus is a family business, with Jean and his wife, Marie-Therese, working alongside their sons Yves, Francois and Martin. Their daughter Marie also runs the small Clos de Prieur winery close by. The scenery around Domaine de L’Hortus is jaw-droppingly beautiful. The Domaine takes its name from the mountain of Hortus which overlooks the rolling patchwork of vines. If the scattered locations of the vineyards look random, they are anything but.
Before planting any vines, Jean Orliac studied the flowers and plants growing in the area. The fact that certain varieties were to be found on the north-facing slopes, and others on the south-facing hills, told him all he needed to know about which grapevines to plant where. This adapting of the vines to suit the terroir is crucial to the success of the L’Hortus wines and is a key element of the Orliac philosophy.
"A fine example of how Languedoc can make reds of great elegance, this blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre is deep and rich but stays stylish. Spice and warm berry fruits, not unlike a fine Chateauneuf-du-Pape."
"This is almost the second wine of Domaine de l'Hortus, in my opinion one of the greatest wines of the Languedoc, and one of my all time favourite wines. Year after year Jean Orliac manages to combine the rich herbiness of the Languedoc with wonderful purity of fruit. At a time when too many winemakers still think extra alcohol and extra oak mean quality wine, his wines stand out as beacons of light."
"This Syrah and Mourvèdre blend is pleasingly dark and has a wonderful nose of heather and warm red fruits. The wash is breathtakingly complex with strawberry lushness, tempered with peppery tones. This strength and complexity is a mirror of the French rugby team, and this wine may be the ideal accompaniment to an understanding of their fast, flowing, and intelligent game play."
"Never disappoints. A deliciously smooth mix of succulent fruit and peppery spice."
Domaine de l'Hortus
There are both red and white grapes growing in the Hortus vineyard which currently covers a little over 60 hectares (150 acres). Mostly planted in the Fambétou comb, its boundary to the north is the rocky cliff face of the Hortus plateau (facing due south), whilst to the south it's the northern face of the Pic Saint Loup