Beginning in 1998, Clos Des Fees settled in Vingrau, on the high cool slopes of the northern edge of Roussillon. They recognised the quality potential of the cooler, higher sites of these magnificent limestone based vineyards, sitting well above the valley floors, where most producers work in easier and more fertile soils.
The wine is a blend of Syrah 50 %, Grenache 30 % and Carignan 20 % from the sensational 2015 vintage. The Grenache and Carignan are selected from old vines, between 40 and 80 years old, with the Shiraz coming from younger vines. These vineyards are mainly on limestone-clay soils. The grapes were picked by hand, with fermentation taking place in small stainless steel tanks. What is amazing about this wine is that it does not see any oak, and only minimal quantities of Sulphur dioxide added during ageing and bottling. Amazing, because oak is considered a prerequisite for quality red wine. But when you have vineyards at 80 years of age, and skilled winemaking, I guess not.
This is a really thought provoking wine. It is all about minerality and freshness. It has a laser like precision that opens into a fleshy, silky wine that is opulent and engaging. Aromas of black cherries and liquorice are intertwined with earthy qualities and some meatiness and spice. The palate is full bodied with finely structured tannins, explosive fruit flavours and a silky texture. I guess you have realised I really like this wine.