When the salesman presented this wine, we were a bit confused. We've featured the Olivier wines in the past and have been very impressed with them, as have our members. Jean Biecher, of the famous house of Jean Biecher named the wine after his father, Robert Biecher. The confusion at first was that Biecher is in Alsace and this wine came from vineyards in the Languedoc.
It was cleared up quickly when we found that Biecher owns the vineyard as he does others in France. His commitment to organic and biodynamic farming is so ingrained into his psyche, the only way he can be sure that the grapes are treated with the least amount of intervention is to grow them himself.
The Languedoc's approximation to the Rhone Valley is profound. In many ways, only the name is different. Here, the grapes are the same as Chateauneuf-du-Pape without the fancy address or price. That suits us just fine.
Of course, we were intrigued how this over 250-year-old winery in a place known for making delicate whites, could craft an imposing selection as this. If we hadn't seen the label, we would wonder if it were Chateauneuf-du-Pape and cost three times the price. Needless to say, we weren't disappointed.
You are instantly struck by the dense color and plethora of powerful fruit and spice that invades the senses. The classic blend of Grenache and Syrah presents spice and berries begging for a beef tenderloin or duck confit.