Wine Region: Languedoc-Roussillon - France
Grape: 45% Grenache, 40% Carignan and 15% Syrah
Tasting notes: "Boasting remarkable fruit purity, it combines the black cherries of Grenache with the raspberries and herbs of Carignan and the blueberries and cracked pepper of Syrah. Medium to full-bodied, supple and generous, yet not flabby or soft, it's a terrific example of this cuvée, showing ample concentration and length on the finish." Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate
Expert Rating: Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 92/100.
About the winery: After owning a wine bar in Paris and working a few years as a wine journalist, Hervé Bizeul, a former “France’s Best Young Sommelier”, founded the Clos des Fées in 1998 with his wife. His idea was to produce a good wine for friends. The first vintage, created in his garage with very little investments, was a huge success immediately. Today, his wines are sold worldwide.
The vines span accross a number of differing terroirs accross the Roussillon, as much as 15 km apart from each other. The varying exposures and myriad of subsoils from granite to limestone make for a thoroughly unique and consistent quality. Old vines (up to 100 years old in some sectors), hand picking, … a viticultural philosophy that is respectful to nature and explains the high quality of the wines. Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris make up the majority of the plantings. The wines are aged in oak barriques for at least a year and are bottled without filtration.
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