Hi Justin, have tasted all vintages now and I am sure this is up there with the 2011!!! kind regards and thanks for the BBQ !!
2015 Domaine of the Bee
- Case (Member)
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2017 - 2027
- GOLD Medal
- China Wine and Spirits Awards
- Silver medal
- The Sommelier Wine Awards
We think our 2015 is one of the best wines we have ever made, combining much of the richness of the 2010 and 2011 with a delicious freshness and juiciness.
A deep black-red
Vibrant blackcurrant nose, with hints of vanilla, and fleeting notes of fennel and rosemary
This is enormously concentrated, and reminds me of when I used to buy half a pound of wine-gums, and cram all of the black ones into my mouth at the same time. Intense, mouthwatering flavours, and gorgeously ripe, rounded tannins. As the initial charm of the fruit subsides, there is a great deal of slatey minerality that powers through to a huge finish. Yum.
- Winemaking Notes
We have now been working with Jean-Marc and his team at Chateau St Roch for 4 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.
- 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.
- Food Pairing
Great with grilled red meat, hearty stews, barbequed food, and hard cheeses.
Let us know what you think
The grenache adds ripe red-fruit flavour, while an equal dollop of carignan gives intense black-fruit flavour, spice and freshness. A modern warm region star.
"Mid lively crimson. Excitingly ripe and spicy on the nose and rather seamless and well integrated. Much more luscious than the Bee-Side and already a pleasure to drink, in small quantities. Clearly there is considerable potential for further development here but there is admirable lift as well as ripeness. A satisfying, honest, not extreme wine for lovers of BIG reds."
Included in ‘The world’s best Grenache buys’ by Oz Clarke.
Oz describes Bee 15 as, "Broad, warm Grenache….there is a nice acidity coursing through from the Carignan and just a hint of perfume to list it all".
It’s dark and deep in colour, with rich, voluptuous black-fruit scents: ripe damsons and sweet, juicy blackberries. On the palate, this sumptuous wine is richly fruited, sweet and succulent, yet there’s a freshness there from its lively tannins and gentle, ripe acidity. The sweetness eases to a dry, faintly spicy finish. This is serious yet gratifying Roussillon which drinks well now yet will age well, too.
Ruby with a thin garnet rim. Rich red fruits with an underpinning of ripe plum, orange peel, licorice, cocoa. Broad, round tannins, with a touch of toast and sweet cocoa in the long finish. Manages to stay very light on the palate despite the high alcohol.