Katie Jones, winemaker and owner of Domaine Jones on the Languedoc-Roussillon borders has just launched a new range of four wines called ‘Along Came Jones’, to coincide with the Domaine’s tenth vintage. Aimed at independent merchants and on-trade customers, the limited-edition labels feature cartoon-style illustrations depicting the back story behind each wine and incorporating Jones’ adventures over the last ten years as an English ‘outsider’ making wine in the South of France.
With its quirky and eye-catching labels, the ‘Along Came Jones’ range is ideal for independent merchants looking for interesting wines with real shelf appeal AND a genuine story that can be hand-sold to their customers. They are a great showcase for the very best of what the Languedoc can produce and bring to life the individuality and provenance of Domaine Jones’ delicious wines.
Katie explains: ‘2018 is the 10th vintage for Domaine Jones and in those ten years we have had many exciting adventures as well as overcoming some significant challenges. I wanted 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.’
The wines in the Along Came Jones range are:
Difference Grenache Noir 2017
When Katie arrived in the remote rural village of Tuchan 26 years ago, she never imagined she would make such a difference. A blend of Katie’s very old vine Grenache and Carginan, this bold Mediterranean red epitomises Katie’s radically different approach to winemaking in this remote and very conservative area of rural France.
Along Came Jones Difference Grenache Noir 2017
Double Identity Syrah 2016
For decades in the village of Tuchan, the best wines have been classified under the Fitou appellation. Fitou must be a blend, so Katie chose to declassify her rule-breaking Syrah to Vin de France to create the style she wants. Frustrated with the politics of the area and rules and regulations, Katie dreams of being able to make her wines ‘Vin de Jones.’
Along Came Jones Double Identity Syrah 2016
Sleeping Beauty Grenache Gris 2013
A wine with a fairy tale ending: the story of the lone barrel of Grenache Gris that secretly survived the malicious act of vandalism in 2013 (jealous vandals broke in and emptied Katie’s entire white harvest). This unusual style of Grenache Gris, aged in oak for four years, proved such a success that Katie continues to make just one barrel annually.
Along Came Jones Sleeping Beauty Grenache Gris 2013
Hairy Leaf Grenache (2018 vintage available in March 2019)
Grenache with a difference – this hairy-leaved variety aka Lledoner Pelut is a lesser-spotted version of Grenache. Frowned upon by locals for producing a lighter style of wine, Katie rose to the challenge of making a serious single varietal wine.
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