Côtes du Roussillon: Domaine du Clos des Fées 'Vieilles Vignes' Rouge 2015
"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. 92/100, drink 2017-2025"
Joe Czerwinski - robertparker.com
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||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Roussillon, Côtes du Roussillon|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Carignan, Grenache, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Charcuterie|
|Cellarage||Drink now to 2025.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested grapes from selected plots of 50-100 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 (%)||14.5|
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.View more wines from this producer...