Lidewij van Wilgen, a successful marketing executive in The Netherlands, started a new life in 2002 when she moved with her 3 young daughters to become a winemaker in the Languedoc. The vineyards were restored, the wine cellar renovated and the main house rebuilt. Now she is one of the ‘Leading Ladies of Languedoc’ and is highly regarded by Jancis Robinson and many other wine writers. Certified organic principles are applied to both viticulture and vinification, her naturally irrigated 14-hectare vineyard being a mix of clay, limestone, flint and fossilized oyster shells.
Terre Des Dames La Diva 2016
The originality of this wine comes from its blend: Syrah and Grenache (from the best AOC plots, 50/30%) with Alicante, coming from 100-years old grapevines, giving no more than 15 hl/ha. La Diva is a deep, supple red with an attractive complexity that improves with aging. Aged in barrel (big volume, finest quality French oak) for at least 12 months.
“Certified organic. 55% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 15% Alicante from 100-year-old vines. Yields of 15 hl/ha. Hand-picked. Low-intervention vinification. Aged in large French oak barrel for 12 months. 12,000 bottles.
There’s a dark wildness on the nose of this wine: lavender on a hot evening when even the stones smell baked, crushed dried thyme, mulberries still warm from the late afternoon sunlight and a drift of barbecue smoke. Compact, tightly woven, savoury. The fruit is cupped into a firm garrigue framework. Subtle and remarkably elegant. Everything in its place.”
17.5 Points, Tamyln Currie, Jancis Robinson.com