Celebrating my 63rd birthday a few days ago (getting closer to my bus pass now !) we opened up some lovely bottles which we shared with family sitting in the garden which was bathed in sunshine. Starting with the Fizz which was English, the Nyetimber Classic Cuvee, followed by Cloudy bay NZ sovee, Palo Cortado sherry and the stunning Spanish ‘Torresilo’ Ribera del Duero Tempranillo.
Also making an appearance was a Côtes Du Roussillon, which was a real surprise, enjoyed by all and to be honest not far from being on a par with the Ribera. I’ve tasted the other wines many times and they are always consistently good but I feel I must highlight (can’t believe I’m saying this ) the French CdR, anyway! rush of blood over here are my thoughts on the ‘Les Sorcères’.
Les Sorcères du Clos des Fées Côtes Du Roussillon 2020
This Côtes Du Roussillon is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan and spending around 8 months on lees. It’s made by the acclaimed sommelier turned winemaker Hervé Bizeul from one of the top estates in the Roussillon region.
When opened, this was very aromatic with perfumed (a bit Bouquet Garni) red fruit, cherries, raspberries and strawberries a plenty along with a pronounced whiff of violets. On first sip it had a lovely rounded flavour with some sweet/bitter liquorice, smokey, slightly herbal with fine tannins and a silky smoothness about it.
Everyone thought that this was the surprise of the day and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend if you can find it. Big thanks to my daughter and partner for bringing it along.
NB: Still secretly enjoyed the Spanish Ribera and the sherry though !