Ommg, black as ink, rich sweet plums, smooth as a velvet codpiece, length shorter than remembered.
2009 Domaine of the Bee 2009
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2011 - 2020
- Decanter World Wine Awards- Silver Medal
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
- 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.
- Food Pairing
Great with grilled red meat, hearty stews, barbequed food, and hard cheeses.
Just coming into its ideal drinking phase - will be lovely for 2-3 more years
Let us know what you think
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
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.
A blend of Grenache and Mourvedre [actually Carignan – ed], 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.
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.
"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."
"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."