Grenache Blanc, Vielles Vignes, Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes, 2012

  Clos des Fées

Contains Sulphites.

About Clos des Fées

Former sommelier, caviste and wine journalist Hervé Bizeuil established this estate of 7ha in Vingrau in the Roussillon in 1999, converting his garage into a small winery to be ready for his first vintage. 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 careful vinification are all ley to the extreme heights of quality that the wines can hit. 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. Hervé has succeeded in establishing these as some of the most sought-after wines in Southern France.

Appellation: Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes

Cotes Catalanes is one of the most important IGPs in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, covering the Pyrenees-Orientales department on the Spanish border. Vineyards cover the foothills to the east of the Pyrenees mountain chain, an area also used for the Cotes du Roussillon, Banyuls and Collioure appellations. The IGP exists to provide a geographic indication for wines that are made outside the existing AOC vinification requirements or permitted styles.

Grape Type: Grenache Blanc

Grenache Blanc is the white form of Grenache, and is planted in Southern France. Adding richness and weight, it is often blended with Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane. It is one of the permitted varieties in white Châteauneuf-du-Pape.