2009 Domaine of the Bee 2009

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£30.00
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£24.00
Varieties
Grenache
Carignan
Vintage
2009
Country
France
Region
Roussillon
Alcohol
15%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2011 - 2020

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Awards

Title
Year
2012
Event
Decanter World Wine Awards- Silver Medal
Description

Extremely fruity, black cherry, raspberry jam, cocoa powder, and herbal notes of rosemary and thyme. The palate is an explosive fruit bomb, delivering a super-charged, lush and dangerously intoxicating blend of dark chocolate, herbs, fruit compote and slatey minerals

Body

full

Winemaking Notes

Our first wine made by Richard in Dave Phinney's brand new D66 winery in Maury
Fermentation of the 'Coume de Roy' parcel in upended demi-muids (500 L barrels) with the ends taken out, and two stainless steel tanks, one for the Carignan, and the other for the Grenache from 'Bac de Genievres'
Pressing with a small basket press.
Maturation in a mixture of new, 1 year old and 2 year old barriques and Demi-muids for 14 months.

Growing Conditions

A really good year across France, and the Roussillon was no exception. Average yields, and excellent ripeness meant that we brought in a healthy crop.

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Comments

Barry Francis

Ommg, black as ink, rich sweet plums, smooth as a velvet codpiece, length shorter than remembered.

Justin Howard-Sneyd

Just coming into its ideal drinking phase - will be lovely for 2-3 more years

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Reviews

Jamie Goode
www.wineanorak.com - Professional

Domaine of the Bee 2009 IGP Cotes Catalanes, France 15% alcohol. Ripe and quite alcoholic but with nice definition to the lush balckberry and black cherry fruit. Nice fruit purity and plenty of concentration. Certainly pushing the ripeness boundary but gets away with it, and the sweet, lush liqueur-like fruit is really seductive. Reminds me of a top Alentejo wine with its fruit profile, and a delicious wine for now and near-term drinking. 91/100

91

Richard Hemming
www.jancisrobinson.com - Professional
http://www.jancisrobinson.com/tasting_notes/tn20120217.html

Lovely ripe Shiraz port style nose with a massive, ripe, voluptuous palate. You wouldn’t necessarily put this in France! It seems a curiosity for the Languedoc – in a good way. Lots of oak on the finish.

17

Eddie McDougall - The Flying Winemaker
Time Out - Hong Kong - Professional
http://www.timeout.com.hk/restaurants-bars/features/62966/the-wine-guy-eddie-mcdougall.html

December 17, 2013 0:00

A blend of Grenache and Mourvedre [actually Carignan Рed], this wine is stacked with new oak. The flavour comes in barrels. At first taste, there’s a ginormous explosion of plum, liquorice and spicy milkshake which rocks your boat beyond repair. Lush, plush and only fit for those ready for serious indulgence. Top this off with a fatty hunk of wagyu beef and really go overboard.

Nathan Nolan
Mr Drink 'n' Eat - Professional
http://www.mrdrinkneat.com/reviews/events/#sthash.juOc0Jug.dpuf

July 29, 2013 23:00

I was overjoyed that we still had a few bottles of the 2009 at home because the wine is a knock out. Fresh acidity but round generous almost lewd berry fruit. That black schist soil of the Maury really coming through all smoky and magical.

Helen McGinn
The Knackered Mother's Wine Club - Professional
http://knackeredmotherswineclub.blogspot.com/2011/11/lights-camera-actionaid.html

November 29, 2011 0:00

"Oh my lord, this is the winiest wine I’ve enjoyed for a while. It is ENORMOUS with great lugs of bramble fruit wrapped in spice and just when you think you can relax along comes the alcohol (15% people!), forcing you to sit down and eat more. I loved it. Bearded Husband loved it….This would make a really good Christmas present for the wine lover who has everything, mainly because it looks beautiful, full of promise, more than delivers on that promise and you have to be in the know to get it. And now you know."

Andrew Neather
The Evening Standard - Professional
http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/grenache-celebrating-the-mediterraneans-bruiser-6446007.html

September 21, 2011 23:00

"Made from some of the many very old vines near Maury, in the Cathar badlands west of Perpignan, this is a seriously beefy wine. Made from 55% Grenache, and the rest Carignan. Big, rich, smooth, with a fair slug of oak. Made in tiny quantities (just over 4,000 bottles) by English owners."

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