2013 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "Hissez O" Terrasses du Larzac SKU #1238483


RP 92 WS 91
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K&L Notes

The "Hissez O" is the pinnacle of production for the Domaine. Sourced from the highest altitude, lowest yielding parcel the wine is composed of 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 5% Cinsault. The Hissez O is also aged in large older demi-muid barrels adding richness and texture to the wine. As with all things Reserve d'O, the farming is certified both Ecocert Organic and Demeter Biodynamic. (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    The Hissez O represents the pinnacle of the Domaine's production. It is from the rockiest soils at the top of the hill in the vineyards. Yields are the lowest and produce the most concentrated fruit. The Hissez O has a perfumed opulence with lavender, blueberry and smoked meat aromas. Reminiscent of a great Cote Rotie but at such a bargain comparatively. I'm not the only one who felt that way, several of my associates commented on the northern Rhone aspect of this wine. Meant for the cellar but equally delicious now, this is serious stuff worthy of your time.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    Truly a "vin de garde" and an incredible value with that in mind, this Hissez O is the Domaine's top wine. It shows great concentration, big bold purple fruit and earth spicy. The tannin is much more prominent than the other wines, but ultimately remains silky and fine, which implies that you should drink this now. You shouldn't. If you can bear to keep your hands off it, this wine will provide vast rewards. Treat it like any of the finest Rhone offerings and you'll end up falling in love like we did.
  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    This is perhaps my favorite producer from the Languedoc, and the Hissez O is their most fully realized bottling. It has more grip and musculature than the others, but the tannins are still fine-grained, avoiding blustery modern descriptors like "chewy," instead favoring a softer, more nuanced style. The core varietal here is Syrah (blended with some Grenache and Cinsault) and it takes on a character similar to those from the Northern Rhone valley, showing vivid blackberry fruit, cedar, meaty roasted herbs, sandalwood, black pepper, violets, and faint hints of aromatic coffee bean. All this might sound as if the wine is huge and unwieldy, but it is essential to note that it is the harmonious way these flavors compliment and balance each other that elevates this wine beyond the sum of its parts to create a texture and flavor profile completely unique to this winery.


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