Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Hairy Grenache 2018

This is grenache but not as you know it! 

It's here - the long awaited new vintage of Hairy Grenache 2018.  This is our second vintage of 100% Lledoner Pelut aka hairy grenache and it's every bit as hairy as last years!  

We love it - it has delicious raspberry and strawberry fruit on the nose and such a delightful smoothness in the mouth.  It is perfect for summer barbecues and when you prefer a slightly lighter glass of red.  The other day we enjoyed a glass with the local dish - Boules de Picolat - which are meatballs in a tomato sauce and it went perfectly - we also tried it with a young local goat's cheese and it was so good we carried on drinking it with our fresh strawberry dessert.  That wasn't quite as good but I bet it's great with a dark chocolate dessert. 

Our little secret for this wine is to only leave the skins in the juice for 4 days before pressing and leaving the fermentation to finish without the skins.  This way you get all the fruit flavour but without the dryness of the tannins.  It took us a while to understand this grape but now we know how to treat it it is rapidly turning into my favourite grape.  You could say we've found the perfect hairstyle for our Lledoner Pelut.

Friday, March 15, 2019

D O M A I N E   J O N E S   I S 

1 0   Y E A R S   O L D !

This year we are celebrating 10 years of Domaine Jones.  10 years!!! Incroyable.

We started in 2009 with just one vineyard in the village of Maury and made a couple of hundred cases.

The plan at that stage was only ever to make two wines - Jones red and Jones white.

Today we produce 40 000 bottles from 14 tiny vineyards in and around the village of Tuchan and have a range of 11 wines.

We probably have one of the most daring business plans ever – 14 vineyards scattered over 30 km, exclusively old vines that need a lot of looking after, limited production wines from an area not known for expensive wines.

But we have built our business on doing things differently and it seems to be working. When you read in the press that we are ‘taking Fitou to the next level’ and ‘a leading light’ it pays to be different.

We have come up to some pretty strong opposition locally and that doesn’t include the wild boar, forest fires and storm force winds. And we have moved winery 3 times to finally find the perfect building in the train shed.

So what does the next 10 years hold – well, we won’t be buying anymore vineyards! But we will be concentrating on getting the most from our existing 14 vineyards.  And that means registering them as organic and even trying out homeopathic remedies on our vines using the local herbs.

In the winery we will continue to understand each different grape variety and adapt wine making accordingly like we did with the Lledoner or Hairy Grenache grape!

Thanks for all of your support and here’s to the next 10 years

Katie xx

Monday, February 25, 2019

Domaine Jones Grenache Gris 2017

From our breathtaking vineyard near the village of Maury. Domaine Jones started here  in 2009 when I purchased 8000 vines planted on dark black slate soils overlooked by the impressive Queribus castle.  I fell in love with the vineyard and the wines that it produced didn’t disappoint me either.
The Grenache gris grapes were picked by hand early in the morning in our vineyard in Maury into cases containing a maximum of 10 kg.  On arrival at Domaine Jones the grapes were pressed and the juice chilled and maintained at between 16ºC - 18ºC whilst fermentation took place. Fermentation took 10 days and 20% of the wine was transferred into oak barrels. The wine in barrel was batonned weekly and the blend made in March 2016.  

Jones blanc is a delicate pale golden colour.  The nose is expressive and fragrant with wild flowers such as mimosa and almond blossom.  There is a hint of delicate spice and the oak is subtle and well integrated.  On the palate the wine is fresh and lively with citrus fruit, melon, ripe pineapple and pear and a long finish of wild herbs.

Domaine Jones Grenache Noir 2017

From our breathtaking vineyard near the village of Maury.  Domaine Jones started here in 2009 when I purchased 8000 vines planted on dark black slate soils overlooked by the impressive Queribus castle.  I fell in love with the vineyard and the wines that it produced didn’t disappoint me either.

The grapes are handpicked in crates of 12 kg. They are destalked and put into small stainless steel vats and chilled to 5° C for 2 days before fermentation takes place. The  maximum temperature is 25°C during fermentation.  We do a cold soak on the grapes for 3 days before fermentation which takes 10 days .
The 2017 is a concentrated soft red with pure, fresh mulberry and red fruits.   The tannins are silky and smooth with savoury damson acidity and a good balance.  The wine is decidedly moreish, approachable but not simple and is perfect with steak, casseroles or more simply with pâté and toast.

Après la Pluie rosé 2018

Grape varieties
70% Carignan, 20% Grenache, 10% Muscat
From vineyards in and around the remote village of Tuchan in the Languedoc, southern France. 
The grapes are picked mid september. The skins are left for 6 hours in contact with the juice to extract just the right amount of colour before being gently pressed and fermented slowly at low temperature. 
Tasting note
A delightfuly fresh, dry rosé wine with refreshing citrus flavours from the carignan grape and ripe fruit from the muscat adding just a hint of sweetness.  

Drink well chilled with crisp green salads, cold roast chicken and a little sunshine.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Domaine Jones Fitou in The Guardian

This article made my day.  To read in a national newspaper (in this case The Guardian Feast magazine) that my wine 'takes Fitou to the next level' is totally amazing especially when it's the brilliant Fiona Beckett who says it.

It is basically what we have been trying to do for the past 10 years by using only old vines with extremely small yields.  It seems to have paid off :-))))
For the full article click here

The 2016 vintage is available at The Wine Society or from my website.