Marie and Frederic Chauffray used to run a wine shop, but after studying agronomics, Marie became interested in growing grapes to make her very own wine. In 2004, she discovered a unique, original vineyard situated 400 metres up in the hills overlooking the Vallée de l’Hérault within the appellation Terrasses du Larzac. She was ecstatic. With her husband, Frédéric, they created “La Reserve d’O”, which they have farmed biodynamically from day one.
All of the vines planted in their 12.5 hectares sit on their own roots and search deep through poor, stony clayey-calcareous soils. The plateau upon which they sit is swept daily by the Mistral, a serious north wind from the Mediterranean. This special “climat” gives their wines a freshness and originality which differentiate them from the other wines of the area. All work in the vineyard is carried out by hand. The vines now average 30 years of age and are composed of 50% Grenache, 44% Syrah and 6% Cinsault.
Their wines are certified organic and biodynamic by Ecocert and Demeter. This way of working with minimal intervention and minimal impact on the environment now also includes the labels and bottles used. The coloured and textured labels of old have been replaced with classic designs in black and white on recycled paper which, incidentally, bring to mind the great labels of wines from Domaine de la Romanée Conti.