Thursday, November 06, 2014

Domaine of the Bee.

A decent wine, at last.  Thud and I polished off this bottle last night.  The Domaine of the Bee, 2009 (IGP Côtes Catalanes), was a fairly decent wine, eventually, that is, as it took a little time to open up.  A Granache (blended with 15% Carignan), from northern Roussillon in the south of France, this wine was a little surprising in that the alcohol was a tad high (at 15%) and you could taste it.  Yes, I know it is probably rather toasty down there on the border with Spain, but the high alcohol reminded me of some overly extracted, out of balance Napa wines that I've had.  However, the wine's ripe raspberry and spicy-herb component saved the day.
I had bought this bottle of wine for Thud a couple of Christmases ago.  Actually, I bought three bottles for him.  After last night he only has one remaining, (I do like to help out my dear brother by depleting his wine reserves when I am home).  And seeing as it was a Christmas present I was a little disappointed at the state of the label.  Whilst the main label looked fine, there just happened to be a whole extra label concertinaed to the side.  Now, of course, a mishap in the labeling process would not have a deleterious effect on the taste of the wine, but this was a gift and I'm a little shocked that the folks at Domaine of the Bee would have chosen this particular bottle to send with the other two.  Just saying.

9 comments:

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

Vinogirl: Nice review, full of humor and descriptors!
Curious: How does the level of alcohol influence "extraction"?
Dig deeper into Thuds stash and keep the reviews coming!

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Obviously high alcohol happens before the winemaking process begins, in the vineyard, I was just attempting to group together all the things that can make some wines cumbersome and lacking in finesse.

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

VG said: " I was just attempting to group together all the things that can make some wines cumbersome and lacking in finesse." May I presume to finish that with: "lacking in finesse", which too often high alcohol wines lack!
Oh, wait till I get around to reviewing that Merlot I have with 17% ABV! Yikes!

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Absolutely, high alcohol definitely equates to lack of finesse in my opinion.

A 17% Merlot? Good luck with that one!

Justin at Domaine of the Bee said...

Hi Vinogirl - thanks for the review, and I'm glad our wine opened out in the end. It is a bit shy, which is ironic given it is such a big beast, and sometimes needs to be coaxed out of the bottle.
I am very sorry about the scrumpled label - and it is very rare that such a bottle should even get into the case, let alone be picked as a gift - can we send you a fresh bottle by way of apology? (please email us your address), and I'll ask our warehouse-keeper to avoid drinking at lunchtime in future....

Vinogirl said...

Justin: Welcome to Vinsanity. What fabulous customer service! Domaine of the Bee has made me a customer for life, or until the vines stop producing whichever comes first.

Thud said...

Justin...ditto.

Justin at Domaine of the Bee said...

Hi Thud - I hope you enjoy it - feel free to leave a review on our site!
PS - how did you get your nickname?

Thud said...

Justin, the last one was good and so I have high hopes for the new one plus any future buys from you. Much to my shame my nickname comes from my sister vinogirl as in my younger years I was rather fast with my fists and that's the noise she associated with me when she saw me out and about in liverpools nightclubs.....sad but true!