2018 Field of the Bee

Retail
£15.00
Member
£12.00
Case
£90.00
Case (Member)
£72.00
Varieties
Grenache Blanc
Grenache Gris
Vintage
2018
Country
France
Region
Roussillon
Alcohol
13%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2019 - 2021

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Description

Our sixth vintage of Field of the Bee is a lovely, fresh, yet rounded white with notes of peach and lemon, with a touch of almond.

Eyes

A refreshing yellow gold.

Nose

Very enticing, and quite expressive, with notes of white peach and pineapple.

Mouth

A dry wine, but also very soft and approachable, this rich, flavourful white has some of the zing of Sauvignon, but with a much smoother, softer palate, more like a Viognier, with layers of peachy fruit.

Body

medium

Winemaking Notes

The grapes that go into this wine come from vineyards belonging to Jean-Marc Lafage (hence it is bottled under the 'Field of the Bee' label, rather than as 'Domaine of the Bee' (which would need to come 100% from our own vineyards) Some of Jean-Marc's vines are over 100 years old, and produce fabulously intense grapes which need careful vinification in cool temperatures, and just a small amount of the wine was aged in barrel.

Growing Conditions

After a damp spring, 2018 was a warm year with an extremely hot period for a couple of weeks in July, but there was enough groundwater to keep the vines healthy throughout the summer, and to produce an abundant crop of delicious grapes.

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Reviews

Tina Gellie
Decanter - Professional

September 2, 2019 23:00

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW makes Domaine of the Bee wines, but the century old Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris vines for this white are owned by Jean-Marc Larfarge of Ch St Roch. Pear, hay, jasmine, almond and peach notes with fresh mandarin acidity.

92

Tom Cannavan
Tom Cannavan's Wine-pages.com - Professional
https://wine-pages.com/tasting-articles/domaine-of-the-bee/

July 22, 2019 23:00

From a vineyard owned by Jean-Mark Lafage, of very old Grenache Gris and Blanc, this is partially oak-aged, and has a most enticing nose: hints of white flowers against white peach down and zest of lemon. In the mouth it is beautifully judged I must say, with a welter-weight of sweet, ripe, juicy fruit but backed up with crystalline acidity, a hint of spice, plenty of zest and vim, and yet a softer note to the ending that keeps it balanced and easy to drink. At the Bee club members price of £12 it’s a steal, but great value anyway for a quality wine.

91

Johnny Ray
The Spectator - Professional
https://life.spectator.co.uk/articles/wines-of-the-week-try-a-summery-white-port/

July 16, 2019 23:00

"I absolutely lapped it up"

Susie Barrie MW

July 25, 2019 23:00

A classic example of a sunny, yellow-fruited Roussillon white. Although a blend of local Grenache Gris and Blanc, its soft spice notes, apricot fruit and hints of blanched almond will undoubtedly delight lovers of Viognier and all other Rhône-style whites.

Tamlyn Currin
Jancisrobinson.com - Professional
www.jancisrobinson.com

July 6, 2019 23:00

A hint of late-summer field flowers and the sweet-hay notes I so often find on Grenache Blanc, with a touch of white peach and grapefruit-zest bitterness.

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