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. At £14.95 a bottle it is a very good buy.
Although completely delicious now it will age well over the next 6 or so years if you can hold off. The winemaker reckons it would be particularly tasty with roast lamb or pigeon… both sound extremely good to me!
"Highly expressive nose, both brooding and elegant, with notes of plump red fruits, violets, minerals, pepper, smoke and tar. It's just as impressive to taste; elegant and full of grace, with bright acidity, a swathe of ripe tannins, an engaging mineral edge and a plethora of concentrated red fruits that remain well into the long finish." - Decanter Magazine on the 2012. Languedoc-Roussillon under £15 Regional Trophy Winner.