DOMAINE BELLE CROZES HERMITAGE CUVEE LOUIS BELLE ROUGE 2013

Wine Region: Northern Rhone Valley, France

Grape: 100% Shiraz

Tasting Notes

Beautiful deep, intense cherry-red colour with glints of ruby. The rich, intense nose opens quickly with floral notes, powdered rose, peony and iris root. Then, as the wine breathes, smoky and flinty scents, black pepper and white pepper express themselves in a complex and expansive fashion. The palate is full, deep and structured. The tannins are silky, smooth and well present. The finish is long with pronounced black fruit.

About the Winery 

In 1769 a village assembly at the request of Claude François Mure de Larnage new lord attributes a piece of vineyard to each family and this for his personal consumption. From this era of lords until the 1930s the family property will expand a few neighboring plots, vinify its wines and sell them for local consumption. At the return of the property by Louis Belle (Philippe's grandfather), a profound change will take place. Indeed Louis BELLE liked to work his vines but did not like to vinify the wine, and he joined the cellar cooperative Tain l'Hermitage in 1933. However, as a grand winemaker, he will continue to acquire some beautiful parcels on the commune of Larnage and Tain l'hermitage. When his son Albert took over the family estate in the 1970s, the estate spread over two villages (Larnage and Tain) and covered about 4 ha.


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