2018 Field of the Bee
- Case (Member)
- Grenache Blanc
- Grenache Gris
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2019 - 2021
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.
A refreshing yellow gold.
Very enticing, and quite expressive, with notes of white peach and pineapple.
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.
- 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.
- Food Pairing
Lovely with chicken, grilled pork and rich seafood dishes or just some salted almonds and charcuterie.
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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.
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.
"I absolutely lapped it up"
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.
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.