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Domaine Ollier Taillefer Les Collines.

Grenache, Carignan, Syrah

Languedoc, France

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Domaine Ollier Taillefer Les Collines.

Richly concentrated, warm red fruits nicely balanced with its rounded tannins. This wine has a lovely savoury finish thanks to the Grenache, Carignan and Syrah.

Country
France
Region
Languedoc
Grapes
Grenache, Carignan, Syrah
Vintage
2015
ABV
13.5
Code
10403
Style
Red
Certificate
Intensity Light bodied Full bodied
Acidity Low High
Style Dry Sweet
Luc and Francoise Taillefer

Francoise Taillefer and her brother, Luc, run the estate started by their father, Alain Ollier. Set in the hills around the picturesque village of Fos, the Taillefer vines are planted in the sloping schist soils of the Faugeres appellation. The height of the vineyards means the temperatures are lower, thereby avoiding the dreaded baked fruit. Instead, the wines are rich, but with a lovely juiciness and a minerality from the schist in which they grow.

 

The family tradition is again very important here, with some 100 year old vines dating back to Francoise’s great-grandfather. Luc is responsible for tending the vines, and Francoise looks after the business side of things. The last time I visited, the ebullient and effervescent Francoise took us on a vertiginous tour of the vineyards in her open-top jeep.

 

These are definitely among the highest vineyards I've been in, and of course this terroir is evident in the fresh, juicy wine produced here. Not the most well-known Languedoc Appellation, Faugeres is well worth a try, especially in the hands of Luc Taillefer, who skillfully makes the best of family expertise and excellent terroir.

Domaine Ollier Taillefer

The vineyards are planted on steep schistous slopes, south-facing and at a height of 200 to 350 metres above sea level according to plot. Traditional grape varieties, are planted, mainly Grenache noir, Carignan noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault for our AOC Faugères red and rosé, and Roussanne and Rolle (or Vermentino), for the AOC Faugères white

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