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Domaine du Clos des Fées, La Petite Sibérie

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Region: Occitanie
Vintage: 2009
Grape Varieties:
Grenache 100% Colour: Red Wine
Alcohol Level: 15%
Production Style: Conventional
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: In stock

€259.00

Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
Wine Comments
Unique parcel plot (2hectare 32ares 32centiares – 5.74 acres, half productive) of old bush vines of Grenache noir, located on the southern slope of a hillock facing East - West. Planted on a clay-limestone base, layers of shale and mica-schist, dark red in colour and exceptionally rich in iron. Extreme weather conditions: the plot is swept by icy North-West winds more than 200 days per year. Late pruning. Intensive work in the vineyards: buds and lateral shoots removal, bunch equalising, leaf-thinning. Perfect phenolic ripeness is aimed for, while preserving freshness and fruit. Hand-picked grapes are stored and transported in refrigerated trucks. 20 days of maceration with extraction through gentle daily cap-punching. De-vatting in new oak barrels. Aged on lees with no added sulfur until the end of malolactic fermentation. Regular topping-up with a blend of Mourvèdre/Syrah (5 to 7% depending on the vintage). Bottling without filtration. This impressive wine changes depending on the location and when it is tasted. It evolves in the glass over several hours and has an amazingly long finish with strong tannins and a memorable silkiness. Will improve for the next 10 years and can be cellared for 30 years.

The Domaine
Lost in a desert of garrigues, bordered by walls of dry stones, Le Clos des Fées looks like a picture perfect postcard. The vines were planted with pickaxes, barely touching the layers of parent-limestone, in pockets of pure clay, zigzagging along impressive green oak trees. The stones were taken out of the vineyards one by one, by hand or pulled by a horse, then patiently and skilfully stacked by generations of wine growers from another era. They worked hard and long hours.
The village elders claim that as far back as they can remember, the tortured looking vines were always considered «old».
In the distance, the blue cliffs of Vingrau, almost shooting up vertically, have been around for far longer, whipped almost constantly by the winds from the Tramontane. At the foot of the Pyrenees the nearby Mediterranean Sea glistens. And if the fairies still gather and dance during the solstice, they do it here in this unique, different and mysterious place.

Food Pairing
Braised red meats like osso bucco and beef bourguignon