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Date Printed: 5/24/2015
l'Hortus Grande Cuvee 2004
l'Hortus Grande Cuvee 2004
(search item no. 98177)
boutique wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 5/24/2015: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

"The aptly-named l'Hortus 2004 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup Grande Cuvee showcases Orliac's beloved Mourvedre grape (with 40% Syrah and 10% Grenache in support). A nose of cherry, plum, resin, and spices leads to a dense, tightly-grained, salt-, smoke- and stone-tinged palate full of bright, juicy, sappy, and intensely, tartly ripe black fruits. The firm structure and sharply-delineated fruit of this wine are almost as one, and its long finish full of intrigue and promise. I suspect it will be worth giving it at least 3-5 years in the cellar. Production, incidentally, totalled 800 cases."
-Wine Advocate
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About l'Hortus:

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.