Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris
Cotes Catalanes, France
Alc. 13 %
We are so excited to welcome back this WineCollective favourite from Domaine of the Bee! Sourced from Côte du Roussillon, the driest and hottest part of France, this white wine blend is pure joy in our books! Master of Wine and winemaker Justin Howard-Sneyd has been making a tiny amount of Field of the Bee since 2013. It's made up of a blend of Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris sourced from vineyards owned by Howard-Sneyd's friend (and owner of acclaimed Chateau St. Roch) Jean-Marc Lafage. Grenache is a shared love of both, so it's no surprise that its blanc (white) and gris (grey) relatives are used here to make this blend. After a cool fermentation, 20% of the wine is aged in oak barrels for 4 months to lend weight and a subtle richness to the palate to compliment the vibrant acidity. The result is a perfect late-summer white that will carry you through into cooler evenings.
Enjoy now or over the next 3-5 years at a cool (but not too cold!) 10 C.
Grenache Blanc and Gris combine harmoniously with aromas of white peach, nectarine, and apricots, followed by a subtle creaminess, and hints of orange blossom. There's faint tropical fruit that emerges as the wine warms up in the glass, with hints of pineapple, mango, and papaya.
Textured and rich on the palate without ever feeling unbalanced, this is a mouth-filling burst of fresh fruit! The stonefruit notes we found on the nose are joined by flavours of red and green apple, and fresh pear. The finish is long and balanced, with the acidity carrying through nicely to provide some refreshing zip. Make sure you savour this in your glass as it warms up a bit - you'll be well rewarded!
Field of the Bee has just the right amount of weight and complexity to pair with grilled pork or chicken, but it would also be beautiful served with a seafood linguine in a cream sauce.