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Made from the oldest vines of the domain, this cuvée is powerful, rich and concentrated. Flavours of red berries and sweet spices are very subtle, tannins are there but well integrated. The finish is long, round and fruity. This wine boasts a real elegance brought by the age of vines. Absolutely delicious - and noted 94 by Robert Parker!
|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Domain: Domaine du Clos des Fées
Appellation: Côtes du Roussillon
Grapes: 40% Carignan, 35% Grenache, 15% LLadoner Pelut, 10% Syrah
Drink from now to 2020
Decant 2 hours before
Serve at 16-18°C
Drink it with a roasted partridge and let us know how great it is!
Soil: Clay and limestone
Age of vines: 50 to 100 years old
Maturing: 12 months in a traditional concrete vat
|What experts say|
94 "Bizeul’s 2012 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Vieilles Vignes is a beautiful wine that does everything right. Made from 45% Grenache, 40% Carignan and the rest Syrah, aged all in concrete, it has terrific concentration and mid-palate depth to go with superb notes of blackberry, blueberry, peppery herbs, leather and spring flowers. Perfumed, exotic and complex, with the purity that’s the hallmark here, drink it anytime over the coming 5-7 years."
On 2011 vintage: 16.5 "Concentrated but closed on the nose. Much better breadth on the palate – peppery and meaty. Fine tannins, dark liquorice to finish. Smooth and silken. Should improve greatly with a few years."
19 "Aromas are structured, thick, supple thanks to the round tannins, we are stunned by this Rolls Royce and its notes of ripe fruit. This bottle will become even greater over time."
"It’s a knockout bottle of wine" - Robert Parker. The Clos des Fées Rouge is the flagship red of the domain, the one which has made its success in the early days. It is a subtle blend of very old grapes of Grenache and Carignan (70 to 100 years old!), and young high-quality vines of Syrah and Mourvèdre. The timing of the harvest is decided in order to...