2015 Chateau de L'Ou Secret de Schistes IGP

Year: 2015
Appellation: Cotes Catalanes, Languedoc Roussillon
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 96
Jeb Dunnuck: 96
Red Wine
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"Saturated black in color, the 2015 IGP Côtes Catalanes Secret de Schistes is reminiscent of Manfred Krankl’s SQN Syrahs with its deep, unctuous, layered profile. Cassis, chocolate, licorice, smoked herbs and ample minerality all emerge from this full-bodied, sexy beauty that just begs to be drunk. Possessing ripe tannin, a stacked mid-palate and a great finish, it will be better in a year or two and keep for a decade.

One of my favorite estates in the Roussillon is Chateau de l’Ou, which is run with incredible passion and attention to detail by Séverine Bourrier. This is a small estate, yet they release a number of cuvees based largely on different terroirs. Readers that like full-bodied, textured wines that always shows a sense of elegance and purity need to get on this estate’s bandwagon." (WA)

"I was blown away by the Igp Côtes Catalanes Secret de Schistes, and it’s unquestionably my favorite vintage of this cuvee to date (I’ve compared this wine to a Syrah from Manfred Krankl’s SQN in the past). Notions of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, roasted herbs and crushed rock nuances give way to a full-bodied, gorgeously textured red that has terrific concentration and a great, great finish. Like all the cuvees here, it’s 100% Syrah that was fermented and aged all in barrel. Count me as a fan." (JD)