2017 The Bee-Side - DELIVERY MAY 2019

Retail
£18.00
Member
£14.40
Case
£108.00
Case (Member)
£86.40
Varieties
Grenache
Vintage
2017
Country
France
Region
Roussillon
Alcohol
14.3%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2019 - 2024

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Description

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.

Eyes

A beaming cherry red.

Nose

Bright cherry and raspberry 'fruit compote' notes with a touch of local herbs. A hint of oak from a one-year-old barrel.

Mouth

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.

Body

medium

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.

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