2021 The Bee-Side

Retail
£19.50
Member
£15.60
Case
£117.00
Case (Member)
£93.60
Varieties
Grenache
Vintage
2021
Country
France
Region
Roussillon
Alcohol
13.5%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2022 - 2025

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Description

*AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER. DELIVERY MAY 2022*

The Bee-Side is our second label wine, made from 100% Grenache. Much of the fruit now comes from Jean-Marc Lafage’s Grenache vines, blended with 3 barrels of our oak-aged pale red from the Domaine of the Bee vines. The result is a bright, juicy, 'smashable' wine ideally served lightly chilled

Eyes

A bright yet extremely pale pinkish red - almost like an old-fashioned 'clairet'

Nose

Gentle, herbal, fragrant red fruit - fresh cranberries and griotte cherries.

Mouth

Deliciously drinkable and juicy - a joyous young Grenache with a riot of succulent, crunchy cranberry fruit and a savoury freshness that immediately calls for another glass.

Body

medium

Winemaking Notes

Our grapes are hand harvested, and then hand-sorted at the winery. The crop was healthy, and very little selection was needed. Our Grenache was emptied into upturned demi-muids (500L barrels) with the ends taken out. The barrels picked after the rain were 'bled' to remove a small amount of juice, which was amalgamated to create two barrels of a very pale red. Some of Jean-Marc's Grenache was fermented with 'whole bunches', and the rest were destemmed. We blended Jean-Marc's light and juicy Grenache with the two barrels of our 'pale red' and a barrel of saignée rosé to produce this year's Bee-side.

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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