Along Came Jones Lledoner Pelut Hairy Grenache

£17.55 / bottle
£200.07 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Along Came Jones Lledoner Pelut Hairy Grenache is a red wine made by Katie Jones owner and founder of Domaine Jones. It is made from 100% Lledoner Pelut, a grape variety most commonly found in the Languedoc-Roussillon and in north-east Spain where it is known as Garnacha Peluda. It is nicknamed “Hairy Grenache” because the leaves have a soft, hairy, down-like covering. It is bottled as a Vin de France.

The wine-making philosophy at Domaine Jones is to employ traditional, down–to-earth farming methods and innovative winemaking techniques to capture the characteristics of the terroir and the local area. Domaine Jones wines are only produced in very small quantities – this truly is boutique wine-making. Katie Jones has recently acquired some more vineyards in the village of Tuchan and many of are planted with low yielding old vines with some up to 100 years old. They vineyards are planted with a mix of different grape varieties, co-planted in the same vineyard in place, which was a common way of planting in the early part of last century. Katie Jones was originally working for a local wine co-operative when she fell in love with some old vine vineyards around the village of Tuchan in the department of Aude, not far from Maury. Katie initially made Domaine Jones Red (primarily Grenache Noir) and White (Grenache Gris) from her own vineyards and later purchased a vineyard in Fitou. She has since purchase many more small plots of old vines.

The Along Came Jones range of wines are designed, as Katie says, to “to find a more personalised approach to tell my story to my customers and share the back story behind each wine – I think the unique presentation of the Along Came Jones range achieves this in a fun and engaging way – visualising the stories really brings it all to life.” To this end the labels of the range feature a comic strip telling the story of each wine and the Jones story. As well as the Along Came Jones Lledoner Pelut Hairy Grenache, there are three other wines in the range which are the Difference Grenache Noir, Double Identity Syrah and Sleeping Beauty Grenache Gris.

Along Came Jones Lledoner Pelut Hairy Grenache is made from a small parcel of 70 to 80 year old vines in the Tuchan lieu-dit Rebouls. Locals had long looked down upon Lledoner Pelut as they felt that the it produced wines that were a little bit light in style. Of course, this wasn’t going to stop Katie who decided that she would make a serious single variety wine with it. According to Katie, “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.”

Tasting Notes

Along Came Jones Lledoner Pelut Hairy Grenache is juicy, sumptuous and seamless, with black cherry, elderberry and damson fruit and a refreshing twist of sloe on the finish.


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