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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

For many centuries now, vintners in the dry and arid regions of Europe have been growing the purple skinned fruits of the Grenache vines for use in a wide range of different wines. Their influence and popularity led to them being planted all over the New World in any region with the correct climatic conditions for them to thrive in, away from the damp or wet weather which causes this particular varietal to very easily rot. Grenache grapes are prized by many as a result of their spicy berry flavors, and the fact that they have a relatively high alcohol content in the bottle. This has led to them being often used as a blending grape, although single variety bottles are also common and make the most of their light body and interesting, rich flavors

Region: Languedoc Roussillon

The southern French region of Languedoc Roussillon is one of the most important wine regions on earth, being responsible for over a third of France's annual output – a vast quantity of wine which exceeds even the annual output of the United States. Despite the fact that Languedoc Roussillon produces such enormous quantities of wine, the quality of the region's output remains a priority for the wineries which operate there. Languedoc Roussillon takes great pride in the fact that could be considered one of the oldest wine regions in the world, with a history which stretches back thousands of years to the ancient Greeks, and remains highly important to this day. Vintners in Languedoc Roussillon work with a wide range of grape varietals, and the region produces a wide variety of wines, from still red and white table wines, to blended and aged wines, dessert and sparkling wines.

Country: France

French winemakers are subjected to several laws and regulations regarding the wines they produce, and how they can be labeled and sold. Such procedures are designed to increase the overall quality of the country's produce, and also to ensure that wines made in each particular region or appellation are of a character and type which is representative of the area. Thankfully for consumers of wine world-wide, the French have a particularly high reputation to uphold, and seem to do so flawlessly. Every year, wineries from all over France produce millions upon millions of bottles of fine wine, making the most of their native grape varieties and the excellent terrain which covers most of the country. From the expensive and exquisite red wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy, to the white wines and cremants of central France, the French are dedicated to providing the world with wines of the highest quality and most distinctive character.