Domaine Belle Crozes-Hermitage Les Pierrelles 37.5cl
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PRODUCER: The Domaine has always been a family holding, passed on from generation to generation, promoting the special Larnage terroir with its white clays, often called ‘Les Terres Blanches’.Today, Domaine Belle stretches over six communes (Larnage, Crozes-Hermitage, Tain l’Hermitage, Pont de l’Isère, Mercurol and Tournon), three appellations (Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Saint Joseph) and covers an area of 25ha of vines, to which you must add apricot orchards and the vine nursery managed by Philippe’s brother, Jean-Claude.
And the story is set to continue with Philippe’s son Guillaume’s interest in winemaking and his future role in the Domaine.
WINEMAKING: Traditional in temperature –controlled stainless steel vats, total de-stemming, daily pumping over and punching down, a final warm maceration, three-week fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Ageing is entirely in oak barrels for 14 months, divided equally between old barrels of two to five years of age.
TASTING NOTES: This silky smooth, voluptious Rhone example has juicy flavours of plum, blackberry and chocolate.