Along Came Jones Sleeping Beauty Grenache Gris
Per bottle £35.49
- Brand Domaine Jones
- Bottle Size 75cl
- ABV 14%
- Vintage 2013
- Country France
- Country Region Languedoc Roussillon
- Grape Variety Grenache Gris
- Closure Cork
Intro to Along Came Jones Sleeping Beauty Grenache Gris –
Along Came Jones Sleeping Beauty is an unusual and beautifully balanced dry, oak aged white wine.
Full tasting note and wine making –
Along Came Jones Sleeping Beauty Grenache Gris Oak, fresh fruit, lively, walnuts, toast, vanilla with a traditional edge, similar in style to a dry sherry.
The village of Maury lies just over the border in the Roussillon about 20 minutes from Tuchan where the wine is made. Here Grenache in all its colours, red, white and grey, is king! The black schist soils literally crunch underfoot and hand picking is somewhat challenging on the slopes of loose stone where mountain goats would be more at home!
The producer –
To say Katie looks for vineyards no-one else wants would only be a slight exaggeration. Most other growers in the area wouldn’t be interested in her modest twelve hectares of vines spread across vineyards in Maury (her first), Paziols and Tuchan. The sites are too small, too remote and too much like hard work. she looks for low yields with high quality, and the rather poor, sloping ground that the very old, traditional vines cling to gives her just that.
It means most of the work including harvesting has to be done by hand, but the results are more than worth the toil.
Domaine Jones started out with a wine making philosophy to which they’ve stuck which is to vinify the vineyards separately, rather than mixing, so they know the quality coming from each. This method requires a lot of space, so they’ve bought something that has it in abundance, an old train shed. Finished in 1905 in the village of Tuchan, it was used as overnight accommodation for the Tuchan Express, a steam train that could reach speeds of up to 5mph.
Closed in 1935, this much-loved local landmark, once renovated, is to have a new lease of life as their winery & a high-security one at that, given the spiteful vandalism they suffered in 2013 when they lost their entire white wine production.
They only grow traditional grape varieties, some of them extremely rare. Carignan, for example, fond of their poor, dry limestone and schist, has always provided the backbone to Fitou, for which the Languedoc has long been known. While Lledoner Pelut, otherwise rather unkindly known as Hairy Grenache, once plentiful and thriving here, came as a bit of a find when they took over an old vineyard in Tuchan.
Drink with –
This wine is surprisingly versatile and will go with a range of dishes. It is delicious with grilled almonds as an aperitif or my favourite is with a creamy french cheese such as Brie de Maux. And surprisingly it is a really good accompaniment to tagines !
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