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Domaine du Clos des Fees - Le Clos des Fees - Rouge - 2007 - Cotes du Roussillon Village - 750 ml

Domaine du Clos des Fees - Le Clos des Fees - Rouge - 2007 - Cotes du Roussillon Village - 750 ml

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 WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING

Robert Parker: 96 points

The 2007 Côtes du Roussillon Villages le Clos des Fées is mature, but it should hold at this level for a number of years. Rich black cherries and smoky-toasty oak have fused together into a wondrous whole; it's plush and full-bodied yet complex, nuanced and deceptively easy to drink. Drink this while waiting for the 2005 to arrive at a similar place in three to five years.

OUR NOTES

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.

TECHNICAL SHEET

Country: France

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon

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

How to drink: Decant at least 2 hours before