Domaine du Clos des Fees - le Clos des Fees rouge - 2008 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“2008 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Le Clos des Fees displays a subtle and alluring layering of distilled, freshly-ripe, and jam black fruits, allied to a Chartreuse-like amalgam of floral and herbal essences. Rich yet juicy; polished and velvety yet bright, this finishes with a superb concentration of dark berries, licorice, and herbal liqueur. Herve Bizeul lays considerable emphasis on textural finesse such as he believes the chalky soils around Vingrau particularly capable of delivering, and this wine seems to be an eloquent case in point. High alcohol serves for glyceral richness without engendering any significant heat. At least at this youthful stage, I find the present Clos des Fees more seductive and complex than the corresponding Petite Siberie bottling. I suspect that this cuvee will be worth following for at least a decade.’’ David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate, 2011
"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 have a perfect maturity. This wine shows a very dark colour and a complex nose of spices and vanilla. On the palate, the volume is incredibly impressive, with supple and powerful tannins. Finish is long and really fresh. Do not forget to decant it well in advance to make the most of it.
Clos des Fées is one of the most famous and respected producers in Roussillon. Indeed, it is probably THE domain that has contributed most to improve the reputation of this region.
After owning a wine bar in Paris and working a few years as a wine journalist, Hervé Bizeul, a former “France’s Best Young Sommelier”, founded the Clos des Fées in 1998 with his wife. His idea was to produce a good wine for friends. The first vintage, created in his garage with very little investments, was a huge success immediately. Today, his wines are sold worldwide.
The vines span accross a number of differing terroirs accross the Roussillon, as much as 15 km apart from each other. The varying exposures and myriad of subsoils from granite to limestone make for a thoroughly unique and consistent quality. Old vines (up to 100 years old in some sectors), hand picking, … a viticultural philosophy that is respectful to nature and explains the high quality of the wines. Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris make up the majority of the plantings. The wines are aged in oak barriques for at least a year and are bottled without filtration.
Appellation: Côtes du Roussillon
Producer: Herve Bizeul
Grapes: 50% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 10% Mourvèdre
Age of the vines: 70 to 100 years old for Grenache and Carignan, young vines for Syrah and Mourvèdre
Vineyard: Clay and limestone
Aging: 18 months in a traditional concrete vat
Maturity: Perfect to open within two years
How to drink: Decant at least 2 hours before