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Domaine de l’Hortus is a tribute to the wild landscape of the Pic Saint-Loup and Hortus mountains. Their wines are widely acknowledged as some of the most successful and pioneering in the Languedoc. This beautifully presented wooden gift case showcases six of their signature wines.

1x Domaine De L'Hortus Grande Cuvee
Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah
Coteaux du Languedoc AOC , Languedoc, France
There's no reason why a beautifully sited vineyard shouldn't produce outstanding wine. Grown mid-slope on dark soils: the Grenache in the north, Syrah in the south and Mourvèdre in the shade. An extended maceration period, 25-30 days, followed by six months in vats before blending, then maturing in barrique and barrel, both new and one and two-year-old, for 12 months. Wonderfully aromatic with never a hint of over-ripeness. A landmark wine from a landmark family.

1x Clos du Prieur
Syrah, Grenache
AOP Terrasses du Larzac, Languedoc, France
An ancient terroir which has just been rediscovered. Marie Orliac has restored 4.5 hectares of ancient Grenache and Syrah vines. Between the hills of Larzac and Selle, this high valley is humid and cool, and the grapes ripen very slowly. Made in a renovated cellar, abandoned for three generations, using natural yeast, and aged in restored concrete tanks for the Grenache, the Syrah in oak barrels. The result is a powerful wine, with great intensity, yet elegant.

1x Domaine Bergerie De L'Hortus - Rouge
Syrah, Grenache
Coteaux du Languedoc AOC, Languedoc, France
From Pic Saint-Loup, protected by the gentle slopes of Mt. l'Hortus, this Syrah is grown  mon the north-facing slopes to retain its wonderful aromatics. Hand-harvested with
natural yeast and maceration taking place in stainless steel tanks for 12 months for the  Grenache and Syrah grapes. Mourvèdre is matured in 2-year-old oak barrels. All leading
to finesse and fruitiness reflective of the terroir.

1x Domaine De L'Hortus Grande Cuvée
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Gris, Viognier, Petit Manseng
Val de Montferrand IGP, Languedoc, France
 "Grand Vin" white is not generally known to come from the south. Yet the comparatively cool climate of Pic Saint Loup leads itself to grow great whites. Blended over the last 25 years in the shade of the L'Hortus cliff by the Orliac family — 40% barrel-fermented Chardonnay, 30% Sauvignon Gris, 20% Viognier and 10% Petit Manseng. The last three varieties are fermented in stainless steel. The wine has richness, with a salty-acidity and a palate of mango with a long mineral lime finish — an excellent wine for any occasion.

2x Domaine Bergerie De L'Hortus - Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Roussanne
Vin de Pays du Val de Montferrand , Languedoc, France
Of the 300 hectares owned by the Orliac family in Pic St Loup, only 80 are cultivated, the rest
left in wild forest, and a small amount for the family vegetable plot. This commitment is to maintaining balance. Careful planning means white grapes are planted at the bottom of the  valley, where they are least exposed to the elements, and on the lighter coloured soils to reflect the light and preserve freshness.

Jean Orliac

Domaine de L‘Hortus is a stalwart of the Wines Direct cellar and the Orliac family have been our friends for many years.

Domaine de l’Hortus is nestled between the Pic Saint-Loup and Hortus mountains to the north of Montpellier. In fact, it was these mountains that originally brought Jean Orliac to the valley in the 1970s. Jean was an agricultural graduate as well as an avid rock climber, so he immediately recognised the potential of the abandoned parcels at the foot of the Pic Saint-Loup cliffs. He gradually acquired land in the area and began to make distinctive wine that draw finesse from this wild land.

Following the year 2000, Jean’s Children returned, one by one, to help run the family estate. Today, Domaine de l’Hortus wines are the fruit of the efforts of François, Marie, Martin, and Yves Orliac (Martin and Yves pictured with Gareth Keogh). Each of them specialised in some area of the operation, either among the vines, in the cellar or in the office. However, they all share the same objective of perfecting the work handed down to them by their parents.

Domaine de l’Hortus is a tribute to the wild landscape of the Pic Saint-Loup and Hortus mountains. Their wines are widely acknowledged as some of the most successful and pioneering in the Languedoc. 

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

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