2013 Domaine of the Bee
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2015 - 2021
- Silver Medal
- Sommelier Wine Awards
A delightful wine, which is in a fresher style than some earlier vintages showing real roundness and softness with rich red fruits and spice.
A dazzling bright red
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.
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.
- 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.
- Food Pairing
Great with grilled red meat, hearty stews, barbequed food, and hard cheeses.
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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.’
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
A magnificient grenache and carignan-stashed 15 per cent Midi monster, all beguiling, bold, herby, black cherry, liquorice and cherry kernal oomph.