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Domaine of the Bee

Our Wine

Making wine in the hottest and driest part of France means that our grapes ripen very well, and we make a deeply coloured, full-bodied style of red wine, and the occasional white wine.

Our main wine is simply called ‘Domaine of the Bee’, and we have produced this in every year since 2007. The blend varies a little from year to year, but it is essentially a 15% alcohol, Grenache / Carignan blend, aged in oak barrels for just over a year. We normally make between 2,000 and 5,000 bottles, and a few magnums (2012 vintage). For information about each individual vintage, please visit our ‘shop’, and click on the individual wines.

In 2009, we launched a top cuvée, made from the best barrels from our oldest and finest vineyard in Maury’s famous Coume de Roy. It is a ‘field blend’ (ie different grape varieties are all mixed together in the vineyard), with the majority being Grenache Noir, but with significant amounts of Carignan, Grenache Gris, and various unknown white grape varieties.

We call this wine ‘Les Genoux’ (French for ‘The Knees’) as it is the very best wine we can make.

[for those of you not familiar with the English vernacular, ‘The bee’s knees’ is an expression that means ‘the very best’, thought by some to be a corruption of ‘the business’, and by others a shortening of ‘The Bee all and End all’ or ‘The B’s and E’s’]

In 2014, we launched our first white wine, ‘The Field of the Bee’, from the 2013 vintage and made from local Roussillon grapes; Grenache Gris and Grenache Blanc.

For the last few years we have partnered with Jean-Marc Lafage and have made an orange wine, 'Taronja de Gris', using Grenache Gris grapes.