2018 Domaine of the Bee Carignan

Retail
£22.00
Member
£17.60
Case
£132.00
Case (Member)
£105.60
Varieties
Carignan
Vintage
2018
Country
France
Region
Roussillon
Alcohol
14.5%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2020 - 2025

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Description

Pure Carignan from the 80 year old La Roque vineyard at Domaine of the Bee. Low yielding, concentrated and vibrant.

Eyes

Vibrant dark black

Nose

Big, black, bramble fruit with a slatey minerality, and some softening, supportive oak.

Mouth

This is a concentrated wine with loads of power and length. A luscious and big wine with very approachable fruit and moderate tannins. Layers of black and red cherry fruit are combined with wafts of herbs and vanilla.

Body

full

Winemaking Notes

From a one hectare vineyard of 80+ year-old Carignan vines. Bush vines are hand-tended, and shoot removal and green harvesting ensure a very well balanced crop of fully ripe grapes. Hand harvested into small baskets and destemming without crushing to allow some intra-cellular fermentation to release colour prior to the full alcoholic fermentation. Slow temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel and a couple of 500L barrels before gentle pressing, and maturation in 2 x 500L barrels one new, and one 3 years old. No eggs or dairy used.

Growing Conditions

A very hot June and July quickly ripened our Carignan, and a much cooler August helped to retain acidity and freshness in the grapes.

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