Domaine Jones is a very petite vineyard in Maury on the border of Languedoc Roussillon, and produces an extremely limited quantity of red, white and muscat wines. But Domaine Jones wines capture the scents and textures of the wonderful Languedoc landscape – the whites, the freshness of springtime; and the reds, laced with hints of the herbs and spices of the bucolic south.
Interview of Cathy Jones
“ We have now entered the major pruning season at “Domaine Jones”. Pruning will last until March and here I must admit to getting a little help from my friends. It has now become a family tradition that after the over indulgence of the festive period the Jones family get out in the vineyards and burn off calories with some energetic top pruning.
With invaluable help from Mum and Dad and my Uncle Ed we snipped our way through over 12 000 vines. It took us the best part of 2 weeks but the fresh air, breathtaking views and frugal picnics gave us a good, healthy start to 2013.
Now the professional pruning needs to begin and I am very happy to leave this to the professionals and get on with blending the 2012s in the Vatican Wine Cellar.
In January we blended the 2012 Domaine Jones white and it is looking good and very much in the style of the 2011. We tasted through the 7 barrels and the vat that make up the wine and decided to eliminate one barrel that we felt was too toasty for the final blend. The wine will be bottled in April which is not too soon as the 2011 is now completely out of stock.
A couple of vineyards came up for sale in the village of Paziols. They fitted the Domaine Jones brief perfectly. Each of the 5 tiny plots is surrounded by a stonewall, access is by a small footpath through the garrigue, they are perched high on a ridge and the view is absolutely stunning.
Jean Marc was not quite as enthusiastic as myself being more practically minded. He looked seriously concerned at the thought of having to work these windswept, steep sloped vineyards at wuthering heights.
Impractability though and the fantastic views won the day and Domaine Jones extended its empire by a further hectare.
The ugly duckling.
When we started making wine in 2009 we had one barrel of Grenache Gris that I didn’t like. I wrote Ugly Duckling on the barrel, put it in a corner of the Vatican and ignored it. A couple of weeks ago we gave it a taste.
Very different from our existing white but just as delicious, it reminds me of the traditional, local white wines – darker in colour, slightly maderised and a complex, nutty nose. We have just one barrel (300 bottles) and we will bottle our beautiful swan in April”
Katie was showing the new vintage of her white wine, 2011 Cotes Catalanes, a pure Grenache Gris with light colour; fresh mineral nose, with a rounded palate. Good depth and layers of flavour. Nicely integrated oak. see an earlier posting for more details.
If you want to experience Domaine Jones first hand, visit some other local wine producers and visit a Cathar castle or 2, why not come on one of our wine tours? The next weekends will take place on the
3rd – 6th May
24th – 27th May
For more information please contact :firstname.lastname@example.org . If you are a party of 4 or more it is possible to organise a tailor made wine tour on alternative dates.