2013 Domaine of the Bee 2013

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£30.00
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£24.00
Varieties
Grenache
Carignan
Vintage
2013
Country
France
Region
Roussillon
Alcohol
15%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2015 - 2021

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Awards

Title
Silver Medal
Year
2016
Event
Sommelier Wine Awards
Description

A delightful wine, which is in a fresher style than some earlier vintages showing real roundness and softness with rich red fruits and spice.

Eyes

A dazzling bright red

Nose

Our 2013 displays more bright cherry and plum fruits than previous vintages, alongside cinnamon and spice, with a touch of fennel. The black schist soils gives the wine a smoky element.

Mouth

The flavour is vibrant, but smooth and round at the same time. There is a distinct freshness that cuts through the generous fruit. The finish is intense, and long-lasting.

Body

full

Winemaking Notes

2013 was the second year that our vineyards had been tended by Jean-Marc Lafage, and his team at Chateau St Roch. All are grapes were hand harvested, and then hand-sorted at the winery to ensure we only chose the healthiest and ripest grapes. Our Carignan is fermented in a stainless steel tank, and all of the Grenache was emptied into upturned demi-muids (500L barrels) with the ends taken out, and then gently macerated in the cool of a refrigerated container, before being warmed up, inoculated with yeast, and gently punched down 2-3 times a day.
After pressing in a small basket press, all of the wine was drained into a mixture of 500L and 225L barrels, approximately a quarter of which are new, and left to mature for 14 months.

Growing Conditions

It was a slow start after a freezing cold March, and flowering was a month late. However the lovely late summer and autumn weather helped us catch up a bit, but the harvest was still nearly 2 weeks later than the previous years and the result is a fresher style that is drinking beautifully already.

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The Sommelier Wine Awards 2016 - Professional
http://www.sommelierwineawards.com/winners/winners-2016

Softly textured, with cedar notes and red fruit flavours, this is pretty and tasty. While Alessandro De Angelis of Le Pont de la Tour noted ‘pencils and stone, flowery and elegant’, team leader Angela Reddin said: ‘Dried red berries and cranberry fruit with vanilla on the nose, nicely done oak on a lively palate, with great charm and balance overall.’

Eddie McDougall
The Flying Winemaker - Professional

Compact, spice driven and compact ripe fruit flavours, oak is integrated nicely, very floral, tannins are well managed and alcohol is high but wine is still in check. 92/100

92

Jane MacQuitty
The Times - Professional

December 17, 2016 0:00

A magnificient grenache and carignan-stashed 15 per cent Midi monster, all beguiling, bold, herby, black cherry, liquorice and cherry kernal oomph.

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