Domaines Jones Blanc 2013 released following 2012 vandalism

Languedoc-Roussillon winemaker Katie Jones has continued her resurgence by releasing a 2013 Domaine Jones Blanc Grenache Gris Côtes Catalanes into the UK market.

The Leicester-born winemaker lost her entire 2012 vintage after vandals broke into her property and left the taps on while she was away at a trade fair.

Neighbours rallied to help her and she received support from Naked Wine and its “angels” so that she could release a few wines, but this is the first vintage she has released since the vandalism.

Jones said: “Having lost last year’s vintage, the 2013 Jones Blanc is even more of an achievement for us and we are really pleased with the wine. It’s the best to date. The style is really where we wanted it to be.”

Jones Blanc is produced from Grenache Gris vines planted almost 80 years ago on the black schist soils of Jones’ small vineyard clinging to the mountainside in the Maury Valley.  

It was harvested entirely by hand during the last weekend in August and is said to have some gentle oak influence, with 30% of the blend matured in French Oak for six months in two- and three-year-old barrels, giving subtle hints of gingery spice and roundness on the palate and a steely minerality.

Domaine Jones Blanc 2013 is available via the Wine Society at £14.95 a bottle and also through Inverarity Morton.

Jones plans to continue to grow the business by creating a new winery and planting lesser-known grapes.

“We have just bought a train shed that was part of the former Tuchan railway terminus building,” she said. “It’s a big old stone building dating back to 1905 and it is the perfect shape and structure for a winery. And it comes with land! So next year the vintage will move down into the station from our current winery.

“We’ve also purchased small plots of old vines in Tuchan and Paziol with Carignon and Grenache Noir as well as the lesser-known Carignan Gris and Macabeu.  It’s very in keeping with our philosophy of small and quirky and we aim to keep doing everything by hand and with the same attention to detail.”

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