2018 Domaine of the Bee Carignan

Retail
£22.50
Member
£18.00
Case
£135.00
Case (Member)
£108.00
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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Reviews

Rosemary George MW
Taste Languedoc - Professional
https://tastelanguedoc.blogspot.com/2020/07/domaine-of-bee-their-latest-wines.html

July 17, 2020 8:00

Nicely structured palate, with some rounded ripe berry fruit. Nicely rounded and balanced. A lovely example of Carignan, with some great potential.

Tamlyn Currin
JancisRobinson.com - Professional
https://www.jancisrobinson.com/tastings

July 30, 2020 8:00

Liquorice and chicory-root ‘coffee’ and hedgerow fruit. Smells quite earty. Wow! This is one helluva concentrated wine! It actually gave me goosebumps down my spin on first sip. Earthy but vibrating with freshness and intensity. Dark tangy sweetness, like tamarind paste, sumac, pomegranate molasses, black-fig jam folded through with espresso, a tiny tab of Bovril (beef extract) on rye bread. Spine-tingling. Just shows how exciting varietal Carignan can be. And this must be one of the best out there.

17.5

Tom Cannavan
Tom Cannavan's Wine Pages - Professional
https://wine-pages.com/tasting-articles/in-the-domaine-of-the-bee/

June 7, 2021 17:10

The nose deep and fruity with a nuttiness I often find in Carignan – almost chestnut-like – and he spice and pencil-shaving notes of the barrel. Creamy in texture, there is mouth-filling richness here, effortless concentration of lush, creamy black cherry fruit, a hint of gaminess, but a rasp of tannin and juicy cherry-pit acidity cut through the creamy density of fruit very nicely to balance, finishing on spice

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