2019 Field of the Bee
- Case (Member)
- Grenache Blanc
- Grenache Gris
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2020 - 2022
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 at cool temperatures, with 20% of the wine aged in barrel for 4 months.
- Growing Conditions
An extremely dry winter, and a damp and cool early spring gave way to an extraordinary heat wave in June, with the temperature peaking at 42, but with the maximum daily temperature staying 30 degrees for over 30 days out of 35 in June and July. The rest of the summer was much cooler, and the grapes for our white were harvested in almost perfect conditions before the rains of the 10th September.
- Food Pairing
Lovely with chicken, grilled pork and rich seafood dishes or just some salted almonds and charcuterie.
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The nose is fresh and youthful, some delicate floral fruit and un joli amer, a nice bitterness – bitterness can be a compliment in French – and some pithy fruit on the palate, with a little weight on the finish.
From a parcel of 100-year-old Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris belonging to Jean-Marc Lafage.
Smells like spring-blossom honey and crushed green bay leaf and verbena. A blade of acidity (so unusual for Grenache Blanc and Gris) but extraordinary honeyed apples and wheatgerm, a little toasty, some hemp-heart creamy nuttiness. My sense is that this needs another year or even two to really show its best. (TC)
I opened it last night as fish pie was on the menu and it was wonderful: florality not expected from Grenache, richness of flavour on the palate beautifully expressed in a light, hands-off, unbaked manner that allows the different elements to show, while just 13abv calls for a second glass. A lovely, individual wine, a southern belle with lots of charm.