Bottle size: 750 mL
The Bee-Side is our second label wine, made from 100% Grenache. – most of the grapes come from our Bac de Genievres and Coume de Roy vineyards, and The Bee-side also includes some fruit from some of Jean-Marc Lafage’s vines. The result is a wine with a harmonious blend of delicate yet expressive red fruits with hints of fennel and rosemary.
Eyes: A beaming cherry red.
Nose: Bright cherry and raspberry 'fruit compote' notes with a touch of local herbs. A hint of oak from a one-year-old barrel.
Mouth: On the palate The Bee-Side is bursting with expressive red fruit, but there is also a distinct mineral freshness, rounded and smooth tannins and notes of fennel that balance the wine perfectly. The finish is long.
Recommended food pairings: Just delicious with saussices catalan or robust pasta dishes. Or anything really.
Winemaker: Justin Howard-Sneyd and Jean-Marc Lafage
Growing conditions: High winds in May during flowering limited the yield somewhat, but a hot and largely dry June and July gave way to a cooler, damper August. We were a little worried by the humid sea breezes at the end of August, but the Tramontane kicked in in September, and we had a wonderful, warm, dry month. A few rainstorms at the end of Sept caused us some concern, but we harvested a large and healthy crop in good conditions.
Winemaking notes: All are grapes were hand harvested, and then hand-sorted at the winery to ensure we only chose the healthiest and ripest grapes. Our Grenache was emptied into upturned demi-muids (500L barrels) with the ends taken out, and then gently macerated in the cool of a refrigerated container, before being warmed up, inoculated with yeast, and gently punched down 2-3 times a day. After pressing in a small basket press, the wine was drained into four 500 L barrels, of between 1-year-old and 4-years-old, which were then blended to produce this delicious Grenache.
2017 - 2022
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