Wine Region: Languedoc-Roussillon - France
Grape: 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 10% Carignan.
Tasting notes: “Bizeul's 2020 Cotes du Roussillon Les Sorcières is a fine introduction to the region and Bizeul's style, more fully expressed by his Clos des Fées. Ripe, but not too ripe, red-fruited and fresh, this medium-bodied effort is streamlined, smooth and not overly concentrated or tannic, just nicely balanced and easy to drink, with the ability to age a few years.” Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate
About the winery: "Sorcières" - literally, "witches" - is the most famous cuvée from Clos des Fées when it comes to more affordable wines and has become one of the region's reference in its category. Clos des Fées is one of the most famous and respected producers in Roussillon.
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.
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