Justin, just opened and I'm on my 2nd day of a bottle of the 2019... It can only be described as a triumph. On first opening I thought I had received a bottle of Rioja!!! so strong was the Oak aroma and flavour..... and with bursts of dark fruit kicking up, but as the air did its job the subtleties of the acid, tannin, fruits and vanilla notes blended together to create a symphony of flavour in my mouth. Amazing. Andy Richardson
2019 Domaine of the Bee
- Case (Member)
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2022 - 2032
Our Flagship red is made from our best barrels of Grenache and Carignan, and this year we have been able to classify if for the first time as a relatively new designation - Maury Sec.
The vineyards are the same, the grapes taste the same, but we've upped the Grenache component to 60%.
2019 gave us bright, vibrant coloured reds.
A lovely, lifted, perfumed nose with more emphasis on the red fruit, wild strawberry, cherry, and red plum. Accompanied by a fleeting waft of sweet vanilla and cinnamon spice.
Inviting and charming, the first impression is bursting with red fruit, Victoria plums and fraise de bois. There's also lithe, supple tannins, and only later does the weight and heft of the wine become apparent
- Winemaking Notes
All are grapes for Domaine of the Bee were hand harvested, and then hand-sorted at the winery to ensure we only chose the healthiest and ripest grapes. The first Carignan to be picked is fermented in a stainless steel tank. The rest of the Carignan, and all of the Grenache is cold-macerated in upturned demi-muids (500L barrels) with the ends taken out, before being warmed up, inoculated with yeast, and gently punched down 2-3 times a day. After pressing, all of the wine was drained into a mixture of 500L and 225L barrels, approximately a quarter of which are new, and left to mature for 18 months.
- Growing Conditions
After a very dry, but not especially cold winter, spring began early, and was extremely dry, until flowering season, which was damp and warm. The temperature soared in June, with a late June day topping out at 42 degrees, the rest of the summer was ideal - warm temperatures, an occasional rain to keep the vines healthy. This year harvest season was marked by two or three significant rainfall events, which made choosing the picking date a little complicated, but early October was dry, and we picked between the 3rd and 11th in good conditions.
- Food Pairing
Great with grilled red meat, hearty stews, barbequed food, and hard cheeses.
- Attached Files
Hello, just received my case of 2019 DOB. I see the drinking window is 2022. Any views on whether to risk a further year or two of ageing? Thx
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Very classy, engaging nose with bright fruity
scents and layers of complex oak. Lovely
freshness on the palate. Drink 2022-2030
Decanting is the producers’ good advice. Ageing for another couple of years before opening would be my (good) advice. Dense, charred-mulberry and coffee-bean-rich wine. Exquisitely fine tannins for a wine of this concentration, and those tannins have exquisite, tensile strength to hold up a wine of this weight. In true Roussillon style, a wine of epic proportions and yet it has the balance, control and grace of a ballerina on point. Wow. (TC)