2015 Domaine du Clos des Fees Cotes du Roussillon Villages le Clos des Fees

Year: 2015
Appellation: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 96
Jeb Dunnuck: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"Eighteen months in new French oak barrels has given the 2015 Côtes du Roussillon Villages le Clos des Fées a certain tightness and discipline lacking in the Vieilles Vignes bottling. There's still massive fruit and buried complexity, full body and rich tannins, but there's also firmness of structure that shows the serious, age-worthy side of Bizeul's winemaking. Vanilla and baking spices accent deep, dark cherries and plums, ending in a long, velvety finish." (WA)

"The flagship is the 2015 Côtes du Roussillon Villages le Clos des Fées and in 2015 it’s a blend of 50% Syrah, 20% each of Grenache and Carignan, and the rest Mourvèdre. It shows more Syrah character with its smoky, meaty black fruits, crushed rocks, resinous herbs, and garrigue aromas and flavors. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it shows the more elegant, focused style of the vintage and stays lively and fresh on the palate. Possessing good acidity, fine tannin, and a great finish, it will benefit from another year or two in bottle and keep for over a decade." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Selected plots of old hillside vines on limestone-clay soil. A blend of equal parts of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache noir, Carignan noir. Intensive work in the vineyards: removal of buds and laterals, bunch equalising, leaf-thinning. Search for optimum phenolic ripeness, adapted for each varietals and each terroir. The havest is brought in and stores in refrigerated truck. Vinification is done in five hectolitre puncheons, de-vatted when warm, malolactic fermentation and ageing in 100% new oak barrels. All operations such as pumping-over, racking and barrel topping are done by hand, without pumps. Aged for 18 months on lees. Unfiltered. Powerful wine, concentrated, rich palate, exceptional creamy texture, yet fresh and focused. Delicious for a year after bottling, if one likes young and powerful wines, but needs to be decanted. Usually shuts-down the second year. Matures slowly and gradually acquires its character while retaining its vibrant fruit. Cellaring potential 8 to 15 years.