Domaine du Clos des Fées Selection
A Roussillon retrospective from the legendary Hervé Bizuel.
Roussillon, often appended to the Languedoc, has a distinct climate and culture of its own. This former principality of Catalonia is now the French département Pyrenées-Orientale, but its inhabitants remain fiercely Catalan. Beginning at Perpignan and ending at the Spanish border in the Pyrenees, these lands produce an abundance of fruit and excellent wine. Acclaimed sommelier (Best Young Sommelier in France, 1981) 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. 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. We have selected six wines that show this estate in its glory, including rare older vintages of top cuvées generously released from Hervé's cellar.
This mixed case contains one bottle each of:
Côtes du Roussillon: Les Sorcières du Clos des Fées Blanc 2018
An expressive, aromatic 'Mediterranean' blend of Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Roussanne and Maccabeo. The perfect match for spicy 'pulpo' or grilled sardines.
IGP Côtes Catalanes: 'Vieilles Vignes' Domaine du Clos des Fées Grenache Blanc 2018
"Proprietor Hervé Bizeul has outdone himself with the 2018 IGP Côtes Catalanes Grenache Blanc Vieilles Vignes (which actually includes a bit of Grenache Gris as well). Scents of crushed stone, melon and tangerine emerge on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is broad and mouth coating yet finishes long, with mouthwatering salinity and terrific freshness. 92/100."
Joe Czerwinski - robertparker.com
Côtes du Roussillon: Les Sorcières du Clos des Fées Rouge 2019
"The 2019 Les Sorcières du Clos des Fées is an old favourite of mine from the Côtes du Roussillon. A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, it's bursting with ripe, spicy red and black fruit enlivened by a keen acidity."
Jonathan Ray - The Spectator Wine Club.
Côtes du Roussillon Villages: Domaine du Clos des Fées 'Vieilles Vignes' Rouge 2016
"Hand-harvested grapes from selected plots of 50- to 100-year-old Grenache Noir, Lladoner Pelut, Carignan and Syrah vines on limestone-clay soils are vinified in stainless steel after cold maceration. Rich, layered and interesting. Long and exciting with masses of almost porty spice and sweetness but it's not flabby nor too potent. Drink 2019 – 2025. 16/20."
Jancis Robinson OBE, MW. - JancisRobinson.com
Cotes du Roussillon Villages: 'Le Clos des Fées' 2008
"The 2008 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Le Clos des Fees displays a subtle and alluring layering of distilled, freshly-ripe, and confitured black fruits, allied to a Chartreuse-like amalgam of floral and herbal essences. Rich yet juicy; polished and velvety yet bright, this finishes with superb concentration of dark berries, licorice, and herbal liqueur. 93/100."
David Schildknecht - robertparker.com
Cotes du Roussillon Villages: 'La Petite Sibérie' 2008
"Bizeul's 2008 Cotes du Roussillon Villages La Petite Sibérie represents a cooler expression of this cuvée than several I have tasted, its high alcohol somewhat less noticeable and a streak of fresh fruit vivacity accompanying its caramelized and confitured suggestions on a flatteringly creamy palate. Dark cherry, nutmeg, ginger, and black tea, all add allure to a lingering finish. This beauty should be worth following for at least a decade. 92/100."
David Schildknecht - robertparker.com
£295 per case (of 6 bottles) delivered. Limited availability.