Côtes du Roussillon Villages: Domaine du Clos des Fées 'Vieilles Vignes' Rouge 2018
Hervé Bizeul makes some superb 'old vine' wines from ancient rootstock - this Côtes du Roussillon Villages is produced from some of the oldest vines on the estate (50 to 100 years old) that grow on limestone slopes. It's a richly-fruited, hedonistic offering with a wealth of black fruit and wild herb flavours with enough tannic structure to support a decade in the cellar.
Acclaimed sommelier turned winemaker Hervé Bizeul has shown the heights that can be reached in this fascinating region and produces a range of exceptional wines from 30 hectares. This red is made from a field-blend of Grenache Noir and Lladoner Pelut along with 35% Carignan and 15% Syrah, aged in a combination of cement tanks and used barrels.
Restorative slow-cooked daubes and casseroles would make admirable food accompaniments.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Roussillon, Côtes du Roussillon|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Carignan, Grenache Noir, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Casserole, Charcuterie, Mushrooms|
|Cellarage||Drink from now to 2028.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested grapes from selected plots of 50 to 100 year old vines on limestone-clay soils are vinified in stainless steel after a cold maceration. The wines is aged without racking for 12 months in 1 and 2 year old barrels and bottled after fining.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
Clos des Fées (Hervé Bizeul)
In 1981, while in his early twenties, Hervé Bizeul was acclaimed the Best Young Sommelier in France. In 1998, after a spell in journalism, Hervé transferred his skills and attention to a small parcel of abandoned vines in a corner of the Roussillon that he felt had great potential.
Despite vinifying his first vintage at the back of a friend's cellar, the domaine has gone from strength to strength and two decades later is revered throughout France.
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