Clos Bellane Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge Valreas 2019

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Tasting Notes

This Grenache and Syrah blend bursts with flavors of blueberry and blackcurrant that are accentuated by lovely spice and garrigue. On the palate this wine is silky with notes of black cherry, black currant and a spicy minerality. It is medium in body with a long finish.

WINE INFORMATION 

Clos Bellane is a small and unique domain situated high in the hills outside the village of Valréas, in the northernmost section of the Southern Rhône. In this area, pure limestone slopes are found among the mountains, peaking at over 400m of altitude. Through a combination of organic farming and cool climate fruit, the wines of this remarkable estate achieve a balance and purity of the highest caliber.

Winemaker Stephane Vedeau purchased Clos Bellane in 2010 with the dream of making a fresh style of Côtes du Rhône Villages. Seeing the potential in these steep and high elevation sites, he immediately converted the entire property to organic farming, with Ecocert certification achieved a few years later. He incorporated a minimalist approach to his wine making. Extraction is kept to a minimum to allow the expression of the terroir with indigenous yeast used for fermentation. Aging is done in a combination of tank, concrete, and large older barrels. The result is a lineup of wines with an astounding complexity, freshness and vibrancy. In a short time, Stephane has vaulted this small domain to the forefront of cool climate winemaking in the Southern Rhône.

Grapes for this wine come from 30-year old vines planted at 410 m of altitude. After harvest the grapes are partially de-stemmed and fermented with native yeast. The wine is aged in a combination of concrete (70%) and older barrels (30%).

 

The semi-underground cellar, conducive to patient work, allows the winery to store their wines in bottles without air conditioning.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Duck, Grilled preparations, Lamb, Mushrooms, Pizza, Roasted Root Vegetables, Sausage, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Wild Game

Color/Type:
Red
Origin:
France, Rhone , Valreas
Grape Varietal:
50% Syrah/Shiraz, 50% Grenache/Garnacha
Eco-friendly:
Organic
Staff Pick:
Empar
Price:
$19.50 each
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