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2016  L'Unique
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
60% Syrah, 40% Grenache
Alcohol %
13.5
Wine Advocate
91

Terre des Dames
2016 L'Unique

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SKU: TDDLUnique16

A pure and precise wine, this luscious blend of Syrah and Grenache offers rich notes of fruit, a hint of the garrigue and striking balance from the finest French oak barrels.  The Grenache is from the oldest parcels on this fine micro-climate domaine. Terre des Dames has been certified organic for over ten years and is run by one of the brilliant women winemakers leading the Languedoc winemaking renaissance.

Decant an hour before enjoying and serve slightly chilled.

Serve with a grilled steak, barbecued brisket or an old fashioned beef stew.

Domaine: Terre Des Dames
Appellation: AOP Coteaux du Languedoc    
Cuvée: 2016 L'Unique
Blend: 60% Syrah, 40% Grenache

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
60% Syrah, 40% Grenache
Alcohol %
13.5
Wine Advocate
91
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Terre Des Dames has been certified organic for over ten years. The structure of the vineyard is unchanged from 200 years ago. The 25 small plots (totalling 14 hectares) are on different levels, surrounded by low walls and diverse garrigue. No pesticides or artificial fertilizers are used. Most of the year, natural grass growth between the rows supports the life of the soil. The microclimate of the area, along with the underground springs and rivers, imparts freshness to the vine roots. As well, the roots are nourished and protected by large barriers of trees and shrubs between the plots. Maintaining this biodiversity protects against disease. The soil is clay, limestone, and flint and is rich with marine fossils. Underground streams counter the arid environment, flowing beneath the estate and irrigating the vines. An emphasis is placed on preserving the old vines as their deep roots are resistant to global warming. The domaine's oldest vine is 100 years old and other vines are between 50 and 70 years old. L'Unique is a blend of 60% Syrah from a 40-year-old vineyard and 40% Grenache from a 70-year-old vineyard. Both plots yield only 28 hl/ha and all of the grapes are harvested and selected by hand.
Production Notes
After a classical but controlled vinification (and immediately after pressing), the wine is placed in a 600 liter barrel of the finest quality French oak for 2 years. Only 2 barrels of this wine are made each year.
Winemaker Notes
Lidewij Van Wilgen left a high-powered career in advertising to pursue her dream of creating luscious organic wines. After visits to Bordeaux and the Northern Rhône, she became intrigued by what people were calling the “new world” of wine in France – the Languedoc. She found a beautiful farm house in a small valley with perfect terroir and Terre Des Dames was born. Since then, Lidewij has become one of the women leading the Languedoc winemaking renaissance. Her wines have received awards from Decanter and Wine Spectator and glowing reviews from British wine maven Jancis Robinson.
Food Pairing Notes
Serve with a grilled steak, barbecued brisket or an old fashioned beef stew.
Other Notes
Ageability: Drink now or keep for 8-10 more years. Decant an hour before enjoying and serve slightly chilled 60⁰F to 65⁰F.

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