Domaine Grande Bellane Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015
Domaine Grande Bellane Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015 | Bottle Price: $14.99 | Case Price: $161.89
Our other selection, a Cotes du Rhone, is probably a wine more familiar to you, but did you know it also helped to shape the modern wine classification system in France? Way back in 1737 the King ordered all barrels of wine from the region be labeled “CDR” (Cotes du Rhone) before it shipped. This was to guarantee the origin and quality of the wine. This system was the framework for the modern AOC classification in France, which is a controlled designation of origin used to preserve a wine’s quality and style. In the case of Cotes du Rhone, the exact location is in the Southern Rhone, the “Cotes” in this case refers to the “slopes” or “hills” of the Rhone Valley.
The Rouge cuvee from Grande Bellane is made from three grapes common to Cotes du Rhone wines: Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan. Brambly, black fruit is apparent on the nose, and the palate follows with spicy, plummy notes and a touch of black pepper. Soft tannins and graceful mouthfeel make for a fantastic glass of wine that would pair well with venison, burgers, or some of that great winter squash you have lying around. We paired it up with Whole Roasted Duck with crispy duck fat potatoes and it was ah-mazing.
Five generations of winemakers have been running Domaine Grande Bellane since 1919, and they have practiced organic farming for the past 30 years. Due to the high altitude of their commune of Valreas, the grapes, especially Syrah, benefit from the cool climate and are thus protected from the heat of summer. The terroir found in this wine in part comes from the red limestone and clay soils found throughout the Domaine’s vineyards.