2019 Domaine of the Bee Carignan

Retail
£22.50
Member
£18.00
Case
£135.00
Case (Member)
£108.00
Varieties
Carignan
Vintage
2019
Country
France
Region
Roussillon
Alcohol
14.44%
Bottle size
750 mL

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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

A vibrant bright purple red

Nose

Fresh, bright cherry and fruits of the forest, with a hint of marzipan

Mouth

Lifted, and energetic black cherry and bramble compote, with the barest hint of spicy cloves. There's an underlying slatey power, and a deliciously mouthwatering finish.

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 2 years old, and one 4 years old. No eggs or dairy used.

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.

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