Varieties: Grenache (50%), Carignan (50%)
Bottle size: 750 mL
A really good year for us, and one of which we are very proud. This is gloriously rich and dark with layers of classic herbs from the Roussillon.
Eyes: A deep dark red
Nose: A booming nose of mature dark spiced fruit compote, with loads of ripe fig, damson and black cherry aromas, and just a suggestion of oak.
Mouth: Rich and silky mouthfeel just oozing dark fruit, wild herbs and sweet cinnamon and a long finish.
Recommended food pairings: Great with grilled red meat, hearty stews, barbequed food, and hard cheeses.
Winemaker: Justin Howard-Sneyd and Jean-Marc Lafage
Growing conditions: Hail and frost severely reduced crops in several regions. But the the Roussillon region was very lucky. A very hot June and July quickly ripened our grapes, and a much cooler August helped to retain acidity and freshness. Despite a slight lack of water and smaller-sized grapes, this harvest generated very tasty wines.
Winemaking notes: We have now been working with Jean-Marc and his team at Chateau St Roch for 5 years now, and we are improving our winemaking all the time. All are grapes for Domaine of the Bee were hand harvested, and then hand-sorted at the winery to ensure we only chose the healthiest and ripest grapes. The majority of our Carignan is fermented in a stainless steel tank, except for 2 barrels-worth which was fold-macerated, as was all of the Grenache in upturned demi-muids (500L barrels) with the ends taken out, before being warmed up, inoculated with yeast, and gently punched down 2-3 times a day. After pressing, all of the wine was drained into a mixture of 500L and 225L barrels, approximately a quarter of which are new, and left to mature for 14 months.
2018 - 2028
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