2016 Loup dans la Bergerie Rouge, Domaine de l'Hortus, Languedoc, France
The Loup Rouge doesn’t stray too far from the local varietals (Grenache, Syrah, Carignan) but a speedy maceration and stainless steel ageing means that this fabulous red doesn’t bite: tannins are silky smooth and give way to plush, ripe, red fruit. At 12.5% ABV this wine is simply too easy to drink!
Domaine de l’Hortus is owned by the Orliac family, headed up by Jean and Martin, one of the first people to realise the potential of this area. Jean first rented vines in 1978 and planted his own vines between the two peaks of the region, the Pic St Loup and the Montagne de l’Hortus. In total, they now have 55 hectares of vines, split over two sites. The main vineyard area is near the winery with a cooler microclimate. The second vineyard area is situated at Clos St Jean.