Domaine de Courbissac, Orphée 2004
Matthias Hilse 93 Punkte
Genussindex 19/20 Punkten Dieser Wein enthält Sulfite .
The Wine Advocate
"For a wine so exuberantly bright (bear in mind, despite very low sulfur!), the 2004 Minervois La Liviniere Orphee – which I was tasting for the first time on this occasion – boasts a wonderfully soothing texture. Plum, bay leaf, blueberry, kelp, and sea breeze in the nose usher in a display of vividly juicy fresh fruit with oceanic, briny depth of minerality, shrimp shell savor, and a lift and refinement that belie the wine’s palpable sense of density and ample (14%) alcoholic body. This finishes with extraordinarily invigorating tenacity and sheer refreshment and I am betting it will be worth holding for a decade.
Biodynamic Alsace vigneron Marc Tempe (partnered with film producer and wine enthusiast Reinhard Brundig) spent two years exploring Mediterranean vineyards from Bandol to Banyuls before discovering these nearly 70 acres of well-ventilated, clay-rich, high hillsides (only a small portion of them planted) near La Liviniere. Tempe has a vision of Minervois no less different from that of his neighbors than is his vision of Riesling, Pinot Gris, or Auxerrois. He is inter-planting Syrah and Grenache in extremely tight spacing, employing Acacia wood barrels, bottling with next to no sulfur, and in general daring to think outside the box, with strikingly consistent and delicious, infectiously juicy, mineral-inflected, nuanced results. Tempe also seems to keep time differently from his peers: the 2005s I tasted on the occasion of my December visit were expected to be released late this year, and both the 2007s and (save for the basic AOC Minervois) 2006s were assembled and resting in tank (a fact I won’t mention again to save space). “The potential for extended elevage in this place is exceptional,” opines Tempe, but that said, he tends to get the wines out of barrel after 6-9 months and into tank."
David Schildknecht 93 Punkte (Juni 2009)
ErzeugerDomaine de Courbissac
Chemin de la chapelle Saint Germain
FR - 34210 Cesseras