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Clos des Fees Cotes du Roussillon Vieilles Vignes 2015

France, Roussillon
92 TWA

A dark fruits, pure and elegant wine made from the oldest vines on the estate (50 to 100 years old).

Country France
Region Roussillon
Appellation Cotes du Roussillon
Winery Clos des Fees
Vintage 2015
Color Red
Varietal(s) 50% Grenache and Lladoner Pelut, 35% Carignan and 15% Syrah
¥6,800  (incl. tax)

A dark fruits, pure and elegant wine made from the oldest vines on the estate (50 to 100 years old).

Country France
Region Roussillon
Appellation Cotes du Roussillon
Winery Clos des Fees
Vintage 2015
Color Red
Varietal(s) 50% Grenache and Lladoner Pelut, 35% Carignan and 15% Syrah
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Very perfumed and silky on the palate with real intensity and finesse. Very attractive young this will also age well for about 10 years but will be very hard to resist..!!

Pairing

Grilled beef, beef cheek, beef stew, saddle of lamb, bleu des causes, Roquefort.

Press
92Robert Parker
Volume and intensity rule in the 2015 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Vieilles Vignes, a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Carignan and 15% Syrah from vines 50-100 years old. It's as if proprietor Hervé Bizeul decided to turn the volume up to 11, cramming immense amounts of black cherry fruit into this full-bodied fleshpot that's aged in a combination of used barriques and cement tanks. The tannins are supple, the acids balanced, but readers looking for a more sedate experience might want to give this impetuous youth a year or two in the cellar to mellow.
Production

Terroir

Limestone-clay, mainly on hillsides.

Viticulture

Green harvest, bud and side-shoots removal, leaf thinning.  Hand harvest.

Vinification

Vinified with a slow and gentle extraction, aged without racking in cement and barrel (none new).

Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14%
Product Code 15R061
MLF yes
Inventory In Stock (99)
Winery

Winery Description

« I had a vision that in Roussillon, we could produce great wines equal to the best. Now this dream is becoming a reality »

A restaurateur and wine writer in previous lives, Hervé Bizeul practices a ruthlessly controlled viticultural regimen in the dramatically rocky, yet clay-permeated limestone environment north of Vingrau. Add to this a fruit-pampering vinification, and the result is wines that have turned heads every bit as much as does the local scenery and brought Bizeul well-deserved recognition as a beacon of Roussillon quality. Hervé tries to « search for and retain the fruit to make rich, Mediterranean, flavoursome wines traditional to this area »

The Estate
Lost in a desert of garrigues, bordered by walls of dry stones, Le Clos des Fées looks like a picture-perfect postcard. The stones were taken out of the vineyards one by one, by hand or pulled by a horse, then patiently and skillfully stacked by generations of wine growers from another era. 

The Terroir
The vines are growing on 7 different areas. Each area has its own special terroir.  There is some rare soil with alluveal red clay which contain a high proportion of rolled stones like those to be found in Châteaneuf-du-Pape. These acid soils give exceptional intensity to the Mourvèdre grape. The schistose marls of the cretaceous era produce shallow black soils which allow the vines to root deeply. This is the kingdom of Grenache noir and Syrah. On the limestone plateau where the wind blows more than 250 days per year, the elders favored planting Grenache Blanc (100 years old plots). 

The Vinification
The vinification is traditional. The ageing depend about the cuvee. For the Sorcière the wine age in stainless steel tank, the Vieille Vigne is aged in oak barrels and the Clos des Fées is vinified and aged in oak barrels. 

What exactly does the word «Clos des Fées» mean?
In French, a «Clos» is a small parcel of vines surrounded by walls. A Fée is a «mythical being, in general a woman, with magical powers» which she uses with the help of a magic wand. Le Clos des Fees is a vineyard where the fairies would have lived, if they existed. 

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