Domaine Belle Louis Belle Crozes-Hermitage 2015

£26.75

Colour

Red

Country

France

Domaine

Domaine Belle

Grape

Syrah

Region

Rhone

Vintage

2015

Description

From white limestone clay known as kaolin, only found in the Larnage commune in Crozes. This soil allows the vines to send their vines a long way down and does well in hot vintages.

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.

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