2010 Domaine of the Bee 2010

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£30.00
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£24.00
Varieties
Grenache
Carignan
Vintage
2010
Country
France
Region
Roussillon
Alcohol
15%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2012 - 2020

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Description

This is a turbo-charged, super-ripe, smooth, rich and complex wine. Layers of powerful dark plum and damson fruit and spicebox aromas of vanilla and cinnamon. The level of new oak is less than in previous years, as our barrels get older.

Body

full

Winemaking Notes

This was the second year in which our wine was made in Dave Phinney's D66 winery in Maury, and the excellent grape sorting equipment really helped to keep only the fully ripe grapes, and eliminate any that were either green, or over-ripe, raisined grapes.
The fruit from the Coume de Roy vineyard was given the kid glove treatment in upended demi-muids (500 L barrels) with the ends taken out, and the Carignann from La Roque and Grenache from the Bac de Genievres were fermented in shallow stainless steel tanks
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

2010 was a great year across most of France, but in the Roussillon, things were a little trickier. A smaller than average crop, and quite tough skins, but once again, very intense flavours.

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Comments

Barry Francis

Oommg, just perfect, fabulous, the best, this wine keeps on giving and has more to give.

Justin Howard-Sneyd

HUGE, brambly fruit

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Reviews

Helen McGinn
The Knackered Mother's Wine Club - Professional
http://knackeredmotherswineclub.blogspot.co.uk/2012_12_01_archive.html

December 29, 2012 0:00

"It is a HUGE red from Roussillon in the South of France, from vineyards near the town of Maury. It is a blend of Grenache and Carignan, aged in oak barrels for well over a year. Not for the feint-hearted, definitely needs food and best served on a cold winter’s night in generous-sized glasses so that the wine can breathe and open up in the glass as you drink it. Such a beautiful, brooding wine, positively radiating black fruits and spice."

Andrew Jefford
Decanter.com - Professional
http://www.decanter.com/opinion/jefford-on-monday/jefford-on-monday-thats-the-way-to-do-it-267299/

July 19, 2015 23:00

Talking about the 2009, 2010 and 2011 vintages Andrew Jefford describes Domaine of the Bee wines as "wild, thunderous and unreasonable, full of the grandeur and savagery of the place…they come hoofing out of the bottles like wild boar out of the garrigue, and root and rut gratuitously all over your glasses."

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