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 - The Wine Advocate.
Made from the oldest vines in the domaine (110 year-old Grenache blanc) on limestone clay soil at nearly 400m above sea level, this is an approachable yet complex and age-worthy wine showing orchard fruits on the nose and great poise and tension on the palate.
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.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Roussillon, Vin de Pays Catalan|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris|
|Food & Wine Matching||White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink to 2026.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested bunches are pneumatically pressed at low pressure while fully-stemmed. Fermentation is carried out slowly in stainless-steel tanks for the Grenache Blanc, and old barrels for the Grenache Gris, with regular stirring. Aging on lees for 5 to 8 months. Fining and filtering prior to bottling in the spring.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.5|
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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