92 points Wine Advocate
"Bigger and richer, with more black fruits, ground pepper, forest floor and resinous scrub brush, the 2011 Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac Les Obriers (65% Cinsault, 35% Carignan) is medium-bodied, layered and textured on the palate, with a terrific finish. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years."
"Light and transparent. Very sweet and carefully handled. Sweet start and then quite tarry. Real grunt. And quite a bit of alcohol. 16.5/20 points."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Rob Dougan doesn’t believe in “noble” and “ignoble” varieties so he treats his Carignan and Cinsault with as much care as his Syrah, Mourvedre or Grenache. Les Obriers, or “the workers” is what he calls his bluejeans wine – an everyday wine of immediate pleasure. It is named in honor of the countless stonecutters and masons who labored in the Terrasses du Larzac, for centuries in anonymity, building so many fine houses, churches and mansions. The Carignan and Cinsault in the blend is planted in the same terroir as his other varieties, is carefully tended and harvested by hand, destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in foudre and neutral French oak demi-muids. Variety: 65% Cinsault, 35% Carignan. Organic. Fermentation: Hand harvested, destemmed, pre-fermentation maceration, natural yeast fermentation in tank. Aging: 12 months in foudre and neutral 600L French oak demi-muids.