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The Bee Side

Grenache

  • 2019

  • Alc. 14.5%

  • Côtes Catalanes

  • France

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Smell

Bright red-fruit aromas burst from the glass, with bing cherry, tart red raspberry, and cranberry leading the charge. There's a mineral hint of wet stone, along with a waft of sweet campfire smoke and fresh-ground white pepper.

Taste

Lively and energetic on the palate, with tons more of the red fruit we found on the nose: cherry, raspberry, and strawberry, all carried along by a vibrant acidity. The finish is dry and firm, and the dusty tannins are very well integrated. Complex enough for some seriously contemplative drinking, but juicy and quaffable enough for easy enjoyment, this wine is a hit!

Pairing

The tart acidity of Grenache lends itself well to pasta in hearty tomato-based sauces, but this would also be great paired with grilled lamb seasoned with rosemary and garlic.

Aromas and Flavours

Raspberry

Tangy or sweet, juicy or tart: more sophisticated than a strawberry, but just as lush.

Cherry

Fresh B.C. cherries out of the back of a truck, all eaten before you can get them home!

Jam

Spreading grandma's homemade jam on your morning toast (yes, the bread was homemade too).

Herbs

Your windowsill herb garden gives off a lovely herbal smell every time you walk by.

Tobacco

The smell of a freshly rolled cigar, slightly sweet, and earthy - just like Grandpa's hugs.

Handling and Serving

Serving Temperature
18°C

Cellar
2021 - 2026

Description

Long-time WineCollective members will surely recognize the playful label of Domaine of the Bee's "The Bee-Side" Grenache: we first featured this "second label" wine from Justin Howard-Sneyd's acclaimed winery way back in 2018. For newer members, this is a fantastic introduction to the style of wines coming from this small, dynamic producer. It's made entirely from Grenache sourced from three vineyards: Bac de Genievres, Coume de Roy, and a small amount from friend Jean-Marc Lafage’s vines. Here, in the hot and dry region of Roussillon, Grenache performs spectacularly well, and creates fragrant, aromatic wines full of bright red fruit aromas.

Deft winemaking choices like partial whole-bunch fermentation, cool pre-fermentation maceration, and aging in 2-4 year-old oak barrels results in a complex, nuanced wine that's juicy and approachable. Drink now or over the next five years at about 18 C.

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