Les Pierrelles comes from terraced vineyards in the communes of Mercurol and Pont d’Isere, where galets roulés, large stones polished by the Rhône, sit on top of red clay soils and give wines of body and intensity. After hand harvesting the grapes are destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts.
About the Domaine
Yves Gras of Santa Duc and Philippe Belle are great friends and it was through Yves we were introduced to Domaine Belle. Ironically their wines could not be more different in style. The Belle family can trace their roots in Crozes-Hermitage back almost 250 years. They own land in some of the best parts of the appellation, as well as in St Joseph and Hermitage. Current wine maker Philippe Belle is an innovator. He has cut back on new oak, uses indigenous yeast fermentations and is in the process of converting the domaine to organic farming. His Crozes bottlings are delineated by the soils and rocks in the vineyard, from alluvial clay to almost pure granite. The effect these soils types have on the wines is profound. Philippe’s skilful working of his Syrah, both in the vineyard and winery, leaves a suave and measured feel in the mouth, utterly pleasurable in its roundness and depth of tarry fruit.