2017 The Bee-Side
- Case (Member)
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2019 - 2024
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
Our 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. One barrel of 'whole bunch' and the other destemmed. Both barrels were 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 two 500 L barrels, one 1-year-old and one 4-year-old, and aged for 14 months. We blended these two barrels with an equal quantity of Jean-Marc's fine old vine Grenache to produce this year's Bee-side.
- Growing Conditions
A warm summer with sufficient rain to keep the vines healthy.. One of those rare years that delivered both exceptional quality and above-average quantity. The wines have been fruit-forward from the moment the grapes were picked at full ripeness.
- Food Pairing
Just delicious with saussices catalan or robust pasta dishes. Or anything really.
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