Grenaschista Cotes Catalanes 2016

£16.50

It is awesome when you're the first of your friends to discover a breakthrough band or artist. When you get in on the ground floor it's that much more meaningful....

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It is awesome when you're the first of your friends to discover a breakthrough band or artist. When you get in on the ground floor it's that much more meaningful. The problem is, heaps of your mates then try and pile in and reckon they discovered them first. Look at the Sex Pistols; their first gig was in front of 18 people, yet you walk into any London pub and there'll be some fella propping up the bar regaling indifferent acquaintances about how he was at the first ever Sex Pistols show. Seemingly, there were around 26000 people hiding in the toilet of that gig venue.


That's why trying this Grenache from Cotes Catalanes is so important. In a couple of years all your friends are going to be waxing lyrical about the first time they tasted this lush, voluptuous red, with notes of ripe strawberries and red cherries with a kirsch-like concentration, and notes of fennel and rosemary. Yet you have the opportunity to try it long before all those squares and announce to the world; "I am a Grenaschista!"


Domaine of the Bee was founded by Justin Howard-Sneyd MW in 2007, and has worked with Jean-Marc Lafage at his Maury winery since 2012. The Domaine wines all come from vineyards owned by Justin and his wife, and other wines (like Grenaschista) are made using fruit from vineyards owned by Domaine Lafage. Justin and Jean-Marc first worked together in South Africa in 1994 (the year of Nelson Mandela's election to the presidency).


Justin has worked most of his life as one of the UK's best respected wine buyers, heading up the Waitrose wine team for many years before throwing himself back into winemaking with his Domaine of the Bee project.


The terroirs of the Roussillon, especially the Agly Valley, and the area around Maury in particular, hold some of France's greatest undiscovered potential. Old vines, dry-farmed with minimal intervention, and predominately organic fertilisation produce superbly concentrated flavourful fruit, and the winemaking doesn't need to be very elaborate to allow these grapes to express their extraordinary character. The wines are made with dry farmed vines, with minimal intervention (though not organic). The grapes are hand harvested before undergoing pre-fermentation cold maceration. Fermentation takes place in a combination of open small oak barrels, fibreglass and concrete tanks, before ageing the wine in concrete tanks with a small proportion in oak 500L barrels.

Please note: Due to the current pressure on delivery networks we are no longer able to offer guaranteed next day deliveries. Though not guaranteed, we will be placing all standard delivery orders made before 2 pm on a 24 hour service without extra charge.
UK Mainland Addresses

(excludes Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, and the Isles of Wight, Man and Scilly - please see below)

Service Price Additional Information

Standard

£4.95

FREE

Most Standard Delivery parcels arrive within 2 working days of placement of your order.

Free Standard Delivery is offered on all orders of £100 or more.
Next Day £6.95

If you place an order by 2pm (UK time), Monday - Thursday, it will be delivered the next day*. Orders placed between 2pm on Thursday and 2pm on Friday will be delivered on the following Monday and orders placed between 2pm Friday and 2pm Monday will be delivered on the following Tuesday.

Saturday £11.95
(all order values)

Orders must be placed online by 2pm Friday to be delivered on the Saturday of the same week, otherwise it is assumed the order is for the following Saturday. Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.

Next Day Before 12noon £12.95
(all values)

Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.Orders must be placed online by 2pm for delivery the next working day.

Next Day Before 10am £19.95
(all values)

Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.Orders must be placed online by 2pm for delivery the next working day.

Remote Areas - Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man and The Scilly Isles

Delivery Service Price Additional Information

Standard

£9.95

We can only offer Standard Delivery to these parts of the UK and delivery times will vary locally. Typically, orders placed before 2pm should be received in 3 or 4 working days, although some of the most rural locations may take longer.** Free Standard Delivery to mainland UK addresses on orders over £100.