Justin Howard-Sneyd’s Domaine of the Bee is based on three small plots of old bush vines in Cathar country, deep in the south of France near the village of Maury. Normally, the wines are made in a rich, bold, opulent style, but with this new release, a Grenache, they’ve opted to aim for a more elegant style, because that’s what the vintage was giving them naturally. I really like it, and I love the label.
Grenache is the Pinot Noir of the south, and I think it works best made in a less extracted style like this.
Domaine of the Bee The Bee-Side Grenache 2014 IGP Côtes Catalans, France
14% alcohol. From the Coume de Roy and Bac de Genievres vineyards. Beautifully aromatic sweet black cherry and raspberry fruit nose. The palate is silky and quite elegant with fruit sweetness but also a stony, mineral core. Ripe, with good concentration, but also restraint. A lovely example of Grenache. 91/100 (£18 direct sales from www.domaineofthebee.com; £14.40 for wine club members)