Domaine Ollier-Taillefer Grande Reserve, Faugeres, France 2015
Domaine Ollier-Taillefer is run by 5th generation winemakers Luc and Francoise Ollier; it occupies 30 hectares of the highest ground in Faugères, it's organically certified, and a superb example of the small, quality-conscious estates bringing the region into the spotlight.
Their Grand Réserve 2012 was voted the best sub-£15 Languedoc red at the Decanter World Wine Awards (no mean feat) and the 2015 is equally delicious (2015 was arguably the best vintage of the millennium).
Made from a blend of old vine Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, the 2015 is silkier and slightly lighter than previous vintages that I have offered (13.5% abv) but still relatively rich in style with striking aromatics, ripe red fruit, a soft spiciness, notes of garrigue and as usual that more-ish freshness.
Offered: October 2017.
Vintage report: 2015 was a superb vintage in Faugères: near perfect growing conditions, plenty of water thanks to the winter rains and healthy, ripe fruit at harvest.
Drinking window: 2017 – 2023.
Food matching: The winemaker reckons it would be particularly tasty with roast lamb or pigeon… both sound extremely good to me!