Domaine of the Bee

Domaine of the Bee "The Bee-Side" Grenache 2014

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Domaine of the Bee

Domaine of the Bee "The Bee-Side" Grenache 2014

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Justin Howard-Sneyd has bought wine for some of the biggest companies in the UK, as well as passed the rigorous Master of Wine exam. But Domaine of the Bee has probably been his biggest challenge to date.
Along with his wife Amanda and business partner Philippe, Justin has 4 hectares of old vines in Maury, deep in the hot, dry Roussillon hills of southern France, planted to mostly Grenache and Carignan. Production varies but there's never more than a few thousand bottles of mostly meaty, full-bodied red, and typically only available through their private wine club.
But in 2014 disaster struck. A very poor harvest meant the usual Domaine of the Bee wines weren't made. There was however a tiny amount of excellent Grenache grown in two of their small plots, so the decision was taken to release a second wine, or "B-side" (the music theme runs right through to the record label on the bottle).
It's a total triumph, and we hope Justin et al make it again! Properly good Grenache, silky and balanced, aromatic with raspberries and herbs, flavours that romantically evoke the smells and tastes of the surrounding French countryside. Delicious, and in very short supply.

 Origin

Maury | Languedoc-Roussillon | FRANCE

Grapes
Grenache

 

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