Sunday, November 6, 2016

La Perle Rare White - Scotland on Sunday

'This single vineyard version ... has touches of sage, sweeter spices, oranges and orchard fruits.'  



Scotland on Sunday, Brian Elliott - 18th September 2016 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Grenache Gris - Scotland on Sunday

'This wine centres on spicy quince and greengage fruit with herbal depth, gentle acidity and that savoury mineral texture that southern France does so well.' 



Scotland on Sunday, Brian Elliott - 18th September 2016 



Friday, October 28, 2016

La Perle Rare Blanc 2014 - Manchester Evening News

'To say that I enjoyed this wine would be an understatement of vast proportions. It's certainly the most accomplished wine I have ever tasted made from Grenache Gris. Grenache Gris and Blanc can have a tendency to produce fat wines whose lack of acidity can make them taste less impressive with each taste. This wine however suffers from no blowsiness despite its immense power. Seductive and aromatic, there's a floral nose infused by fennel and tempered by a buttery lick of oak. The palate is slightly waxy with a wholesome mouthful of soft ripe pear and candied lemon. It's all brought into shape by slaking acidity. A title-winning effort.'



Raise a glass with Andy Cronshaw: Manchester Evening News, Rochdale Observer, Rossendale Free Press (May 2016) 


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Les Perles Carignan - Scotland on Sunday

' In this premium Carignan the minerality acquires suggestions of slate and embellishes the wine's dense, bramble fruit with cocoa components that add complexity to this stylish part of a quartet of distinctive and impressive wines.' 



Thanks so much to Brian for this lovely write up on Les Perles Carignan from our 100 year old vines.

Scotland on Sunday, Brian Elliott - 18th September 2016 




Friday, October 21, 2016

Domaine Jones: Harvest Diary 2016 - Seven year itch?

Domaine Jones: Harvest Diary 2016 - Seven year itch?: And the lid comes down on the vat of another harvest.  Our seventh in fact! Just as quickly as it started the harvest is over. The firs...

Harvest Diary 2016 - Seven year itch?


And the lid comes down on the vat of another harvest.  Our seventh in fact! Just as quickly as it started the harvest is over.

The first bunch was picked on 29th August and the final berries plucked on the 29th September -  a relatively quick harvest because of the low yields which allowed the grapes to ripen evenly and quickly.  The forest fire that we had just before we picked the reds doesn't seem to have had any major effect on the quality of the wine. Even our firebreak vineyards which we have carefully separated from the rest of the harvest are not showing any untoward smokey flavours.

But after the mayhem of the harvest there is a lovely sense of calm as the grapes finish fermenting and we start to get to know the personality of each of our wines.  We have 20 small vats and barrels from our different vineyards so we have quite a task on our hands but it is intriguing to see how individual they all are.

There are the well behaved ones and then the not so well behaved that take a bit more looking after.

So as we wait for the final grammes of sugar to be fermented and cross our fingers that the malolactic fermentation will kick in straight away, we say a massive thank you to all those who made our 7th vintage one to remember.

But am I starting to itch?  After seven years am I thinking perhaps that the grass is greener on the other side?  PAS DU TOUT!  There is so much to learn, every year is different, every year is organised chaos but less chaotic than the previous one.

I just had the best harvest ever, the team was solid, everyone mucked in, every one kept smiling from the vineyards to the vat - I loved it - roll on 2017!

Behind every great wine, there is a great team of people



Grenache Gris - Decanter

"It’s full of herb and spice notes, textured and creamy from the oak, with a crisp, mineral finish"



Wow!  That's my Grenache Gris that Christelle Guibert is talking about in Decanter! 

Read the full article here