2021 Domaine of the Bee Carignan

Retail
£25.00
Member
£20.00
Case
£150.00
Case (Member)
£120.00
Varieties
Carignan
Vintage
2021
Country
France
Region
Roussillon
Alcohol
14%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2023 - 2030

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Awards

Title
90/100
Year
2023
Event
The International Wine Challenge
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

Soft vanilla oak, opulent black fruit - black cherries & brambles and a waft of vanilla.

Mouth

Top quality old-vine Carignan often possesses a brambly, wild blackberry, woodland character, and this is very evident this year - with a delicious earthiness allied with fresh black cherry yoghurt.

Body

full

Winemaking Notes

From a one hectare vineyard of 80+ year-old Carignan vines. Bush vines are hand-tended, and shoot removal and a little 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 the wine for this single barrel bottling was matured in a 2-year-old 500L American oak barrel. No eggs or dairy used.

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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