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Domaine Du Clos Des Fees Grenache Blanc Vielles Vignes 2010 750ml
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Domaine Du Clos Des Fees Blanc Vielles Vignes Grenache 2010

Languedoc Roussillon - France

Professional Wine Reviews for Domaine Du Clos Des Fees Blanc Vielles Vignes Grenache 2010

Rated 90 by Robert Parker
The Clos des Fees 2010 Grenache Blanc Vieilles Vignes - like its 2007 counterpart on which I reported in issue 183 - represents a highly original and delicious conception of barely off-dry Roussillon white. Having noted this, I must add that Bizeul believed the ten grams of sugar present when I tasted this from tank might in fact ferment a bit further before the wine's May bottling. But considering it was already mid-April; that this cuvee will be put on the market immediately; and that by the time I report again from Roussillon I shall likely have missed out on a chance to taste the 2011 just as I did the 2008 and 2009 renditions, here is a tasting note! Hints of honeysuckle perfume add allure to a luscious matrix of Persian and honeydew melons and this finishes with pungently stony invigoration as well as soothing, refreshing length. I would plan to savor this over the coming year - not that I have tasted that 2007 with significant bottle age. Bizeul notes that the interior bunches in these old head-pruned vines are significantly lower in sugar and higher in acidity than those on the outside, the mix making for some of this cuvee's typical dynamic. In addition, the clusters of black and gris grapes found in this plot are pulled-out separately; pressed immediately; vinified in older barriques; then fed back to the blend to add further cut and complexity.

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Vintage: 2010

2010 saw extremely high quality viticulture in many parts of the world, with an exceptionally long and hot summer providing huge benefits for wineries across many countries, especially in the southern hemisphere. The northern hemisphere and Europe saw something of a cooler summer and flowering period, but this was by no means as disastrous as it could have been. France, especially, had a fantastic year in 2010, with the world renowned Burgundy region proclaiming that their white wines of this year are ones to look out for, and despite yields being relatively small across much of the country, the quality was exceptionally high. Spain, too, received some cooler weather, but Rioja and the rest of central Spain are hailing 2010 as a very good year indeed, again as a result of smaller, finer yields. California also received similar climatic conditions, but again, wineries are highly positive about the overall effect this had on their produce, as the slightly challenging conditions resulted in smaller yields of much elegance and distinction. 2010 was really Australia's year, and in South Australia and across the Mornington Peninsula, Chardonnay vines produced good yields with a lower sugar level than in previous years. As such, the majority of South Australian white wines from 2010 are superb, and packed full of character. Shiraz also had a great year, and most Australian wineries have been proclaiming 2010 one of the great vintages. Both the Argentinian and Chilean wine industries benefited from some ideal climatic conditions this year, and are reportedly ecstatically pleased with the fact that their 2010 wines ended up with lower alcohol levels, and were beautifully balanced wines packed full of flavor.

Varietal: Grenache

The Grenache grape varietal has its origins in the dry and arid regions of central Spain, where it continues to thrive to this day under the blazing sun of this region. However, its popularity and versatility has meant that these purple skinned grapes have spread all over the Old and New World and have become of the most widely planted grape varietals on earth. The tightly bunched, round fruit of the Grenache vine can be rigorous and prodigious in the correct conditions, but is often struggling against various types of rot and mildew. Thanks to modern techniques for avoiding such problems, Grenache grape farmers now enjoy strong and high quality yields which they can use to produce the distinctive light bodied and spicy wines associated with this grape.

Region: Languedoc Roussillon

Languedoc Roussillon is a fascinating region of France for wine, culture and history. Having over 700,000 acres under vine, Languedoc Roussillon is the single biggest wine region on earth, providing the world with millions of bottles of wine each year. Indeed, the annual output of Languedoc Roussillon alone is larger than that of the United States, and despite the vast quantity of wine it producer, wineries in Languedoc Roussillon have never lost sight of the fact they are dedicated to quality first and foremost. The climate of the region is one of the most ideal on earth for viticulture, with months of blazing sunshine tempered by cooling breezes and plenty of moisture, resulting in wonderfully ripened grapes packed full of fascinating flavors and characteristics.

Country: France

France is renowned across the globe for its quality wines and the careful expertise which goes into making them, but what is truly remarkable about this relatively small country is the vast range of wines it produces in such huge amounts each year. Not only are the finest red wines in the world said to come from the beautiful regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy, but elsewhere in the country we find the Champagne region, and areas such as the Rhone Valley and the Loire, whose white wines consistently receive awards and accolades by the plenty. This range is a result of the great variety of climatic conditions and terrain found in France, coupled with generations of wine makers working within single appellations. Their knowledge of specific terroirs and grape varieties has, over time, perfected the production of wines within their region, and the end results continue to impress the world to this day.