Clos Bellane Côtes du Rhône Village Valréas
Clos Bellane, a biodynamic project in Rhône Valley by Burgundian vigneron Stéphane Vedeau.
Vineyards are planted with 30-year-old vines at over 400m above sea level in east-facing vineyards. Chalky limestone soil in the vineyards gives the wines a mineral edge.
Hand harvested grapes, bunches were partially de-stemmed and fermented by native yeast and punched-down twice daily. The wine matured in old Burgundy casks and concrete vats. Minimal sulfur was introduced, and the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. The final blend is equal parts Syrah and Grenache.
🍷 Not sure if I have tried enough Côtes du Rhône Village wine, especially those 17 designations with more distinctive characteristics (and this wine is one of them). I think I always drank either the basic Côtes du Rhône or cru wine so this is a new appreciation to me.
This wine reminds me a bit of one of my favourite crus Vacqueyras on nose, slightly meaty, inky, and it's exhibiting nice red fruit and blueberry. Definitely not super ripe fruit, it's all about purity of fruit in this wine. Drinking it, I almost can image myself sitting on a terrace on a lovely green hill, having a glass of this wine, looking at the first ray of sun when it's slowly rising. How come? Because you can see the sun, feel the warmth from the sunray but you're also feeling a bit chilly as it's merely dawn. And it's the most accurate feelings this cool climate Côtes du Rhône gives me, a style that I have never tried before.
I was even bit speechless after tasting their Clos Bellane Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Urgonien” - it gives you all the CDP ripe and dried fruit, raisin and dried dates like character while it's leaning on the red fruit side inside of the very common dark fruit style.... it kinda shake my world about the concept of "terroir" and typicity - if vines are planted in the coolest plot in a region that is famous for its high temperature and the wine taste like nothing from a hot place but reflecting so much the cool plot that it's from, is it a rebel or just being truly loyal to its terroir, its microclimate? 🤔 #thoughts