Wine Region: Hermitage, Rhone Valley, France
Grape: 100% Syrah
The colour is deep, and dark with glints of dark purple. The wine is almost black.
This exceptional wine is rich and complete. Despite its young age, it already presents the scent of intense fruit and sweet spices. Blackberry, strawberry and juicy pomegranate stand out and dominate the fruit-filled palette. Then the peony and more balsamic notes, testifying to its elevage, complete the picture and provide the complexity required for this top-of-the-range curve.
The palate prolongs this gentle harmony. In addition to maintaining the aromatic expression in fruit and floral notes, the wood is delicate, the tannins are silky and elegant – they give the depth and structure necessary for this exceptional cuvee. Finally, a welcome freshness provides prefect balance and adds to the existing harmony.
About the Winery
Domaine Belle has an interesting history. In the 1600, vines were grown in vineyards around the Chateau de Larnage and all the land and produce belonged to the Lord of Larnage. Each villager had to give three days unpaid corvee labour (one for pruning, one for ploughing and another for the grape harvest).
In 1769, at a village assembly called by Claude Francois Mure, the new Lord of Larnage, each family was granted a small parcel of land with vines for their personal use. From these feudal times the family holding gradually expanded, until in the 1930s it consisted of several neighbouring plots whose grapes were made into wine and sold locally.