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Clos des Fees Cotes du Roussillon Les Sorcieres 2018

France, Roussillon
Best-seller
14 BD

Les Sorcieres (the witch) is a wine designed for maximum drinkability with delicate tannins and silky texture behind the perfumed and explosive fruit.

Country France
Region Roussillon
Appellation Cotes du Roussillon
Winery Clos des Fees
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) 45% Syrah, 35% Grenache Noir, 15% Carignan, 5% Mouvèdre
¥3,850  (incl. tax)

Les Sorcieres (the witch) is a wine designed for maximum drinkability with delicate tannins and silky texture behind the perfumed and explosive fruit.

Country France
Region Roussillon
Appellation Cotes du Roussillon
Winery Clos des Fees
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) 45% Syrah, 35% Grenache Noir, 15% Carignan, 5% Mouvèdre
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Scents of ripe blackberry and cassis whose promise is fulfilled by a silken-textured, almost thickly-rich and expansive yet generously juicy and buoyant palate impression. Rose and a note of vanilla in the finish are highly complementary, and this lingers with luscious, caressing persistence.

Pairing

Cold cuts, pastas, hard cheese, grilled steak.

Press
14Bettane & Dessauve
Production

Terroir

Limestone-clay, mainly on hillsides.

Viticulture

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

Vinification

De-stemming. Short pre-fermentary cold maceration with daily cap-punching and pumping over. 15 to 20 days macerations with gentle extraction. Ageing on fine lees for 8 months in stainless steel tank with minimal SO2.

Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13%
Product Code 18R067
MLF yes
Inventory In Stock (291)
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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