2021 Field of the Bee

Retail
£16.50
Member
£13.20
Case
£99.00
Case (Member)
£79.20
Varieties
Grenache Gris
Grenache Blanc
Vintage
2021
Country
France
Region
Roussillon
Alcohol
13%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2022 - 2026

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Description

*AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER. DELIVERY MAY 2022*

Our delicious white is made from several parcels of ancient vines belonging to Jean-Marc, some of them over 100 years old.

These grapes – local heroes Grenache Gris and Grenache Blanc (with a little bit of Roussanne) produce a wonderfully soft, likeable white.

Eyes

A refreshing greenish gold.

Nose

Very enticing, and quite expressive, with notes of white peach and pears.

Mouth

A dry wine, but also very soft and approachable, this rich, flavourful white has some of the zing of Sauvignon, but gentler, and richer, with a faint saltiness and a refreshing lick of crushed rocks.

Body

medium

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 cold January, with rare snow lying on the ground (briefly) marked the start of a year that was incredibly dry. Very low rainfall in a cool spring, and then a nice mini heatwave in June, but still very little rain. Two more heat spikes in mid July and late August, followed by September rains which finally allowed the vines a little moisture, and helped to swell the thick-skinned grapes. Most of the vineyards for our white and rosé were harvested before the rain, and most of our reds in a dry spell after the rainy spells. A good year for white and pinks, and a GREAT year for reds.

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