Loved the juicy fruit and structure of the 2014 so looking forward to this vintage
2015 The Bee-Side
- Case (Member)
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2017 - 2022
- International Wine Challenge
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.
A beaming cherry red.
Bright cherry and raspberry 'fruit compote' notes with a touch of local herbs. A hint of oak from a one-year-old barrel.
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.
- 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.
- 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
Just delicious with saussices catalan or robust pasta dishes. Or anything really.
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Another brilliant label, reminiscent of Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity. Elegant and juicy it’s one of those southern French wines that’s packed with hedgerow fruit and just a whiff of spice. Winemaker Justin Howard-Sneyd said that the trick to reining in any jammy fruit notes was cold maceration in a refrigerated container prior to fermentation.
This is clear red in colour, with fresh, pure strawberry fruits: toothsome, lifted and lively. Look out, too, for a liquorice-like freshness in the finish. There’s almost no tannin here, and the wine could take a chill.