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Here is the absolute star of the Roussillon, Hervé Bizeul's personal gem. The "Little Siberia" is made of grapes coming from a tiny parcel of old vines enduring frozen winds 200 days a year. Possibly the most expensive bottle in the region, it is a massive and exceptional wine. Its powerful nose opens up and shows new aromas every 5 minutes: blackberry jam, vanilla, cassis, sweet spices, chocolate... you name it. The palate is unbelievably elegant, and you will rarely see a wine with such a long finish. It is difficult to say it is worth every penny given the high price tag, but it is sure you will never forget this magical experience...
|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Domain: Domaine du Clos des Fées
Appellation: Côtes du Roussillon
Grapes: 96% Grenache, 2% Syrah, 2% Mourvèdre
Drink from now to 2031
Decant at least 2 hours before
Serve at 16-18°C
A tender venison will be perfectly paired with it.
Soil: Clay, limestone and schist
Age of vines: 50 to 80 years old
Maturing & ageing: 10 months on lees in new French oak barrels
|What experts say|
17 "From the same stable as Clos des Fées, but under a different label. This has the sweetness of fruit that suggests McLaren Vale – or perhaps it should be the other way round – there is more tannin on the palate than an Aussie equivalent, certainly. Dense, heavy, fragrant. Impressive, if rather loud."
95 "Just as good (if not better), the 2011 Cotes du Roussillon Villages La Petite Siberie spent 10 months in 100% new French oak. Offering up notions of chocolate, incense, spice box, kirsch and mulled blackberry fruit, this beauty knocks it out of the park on the palate with full-bodied richness, a seamless, sexy texture and no hard edges. Gorgeous all around, this thrilling effort should not be missed."