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The Textured 2010 Clos des Fees, Grenache Blanc, Vieilles Vignes


Photo de Vendanges 2011, Image from Clos des Fees

Herve Bizeul of Clos des Fees kindly provided many images for me to include in this post.  I have selected three images of the Grenache Blanc to include and will provide the other images in a subsequent post.

Grenache Blanc, Image from Clos des Fees

While I have been drinking the wines of Clos des Fees for several vintages I have never tried the Grenache Blanc.  Recommended by Phil at MacArthurs I opened a bottle earlier this week.  I was immediatedly excited by my first sip.  Beyond the flavors and mouthfeel, there is an engaging texture to the finish that persists in the aftertaste.  This should not be drunk at refridgerator temperature for too much is muted.  Let the bottle or glass warm up.  I suspect this wine will improve over the next year.  Whether you drink this now or next year, you will be pleased for this is a unique wine at an a reasonable price.  Give a bottle a go!

Grenache Blanc, Image from Clos des Fees

The Grenache Blanc, Vieilles Vignes is produced from fruit sourced from a 2.5 hectare plot that contains vines over 100 years old and old vines of Grenache Gris from plots known as grains meles.  The Grenache Blanc is fermented in stainless steel tanks where as the Grenach Gris is fermented in two-year old barrels.  After malolactic fermentation the wine is matured on the lees for eight months.

2010 Domaine du Clos des Fees, Grenache Blanc, Vieilles Vignes, VdP Cotes Catalanes – $27
Imported by Simon “N” Cellars.  This wine is a blend of 90% Grenache Blanc and 10% Grenache Gris   The wine is a light straw color.  The flavors are round in the mouth with sweeter tropical fruits at first followed by a broad swathe of acidity.  The young, white peach flavors are almost tart.  Things warm up in the finish where sweet, spiced tannins dry on the lips with flavors persisting for a long time in the aftertaste.  A very good, interesting wine. Though quite drinkable now it might benefit from 6-12 months of age.

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