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2004 Domaine de l'Hortus Grande Cuvee Pic Saint Loup rouge

January 02, 2008|S. Irene Virbila

Brrr. . . . We're moving into winter -- the time for brawny reds to drink with long-simmered daubes and stews. One favorite comes from Domaine de l'Hortus in the Languedoc region of southern France, an estate that produces sturdy, seriously delicious reds from a valley sheltered between two forbidding rock faces about 20 miles north of Montpellier.

Though the domaine founded by the dynamic Jean Orliac makes a number of wines, the reliably excellent Grande Cuvee is Orliac's top wine. The 2004 -- a stunning example of a Syrah-Mourvedre- Grenache blend from the Languedoc -- could be the best he's ever produced. Dark ruby in color, it is intensely fragrant, concentrated and lush with a taste of wild herbs and berries.

Pop the cork for braised meats and stews, roast duck or pork. Open it or decant a little beforehand to let it breathe.


Quick swirl

Region: Languedoc

Price: $22 to $29

Style: Rich and concentrated

Food it goes with: Braised meats and stews, roast duck or pork.

Where you find it: Manhattan Fine Wines (formerly Manhattan Liquors) in Manhattan Beach, (310) 374-3454, www.manhattan; the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454 and (800) 769-4639,; the Wine House in West L.A., (310) 479-3731, www and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111

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