Chateau Belles Eaux Sainte Helene Coteaux du Languedoc 2003
Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
Sainte Hélène derives its name from the specific parcel of the Belles Eaux vineyard, a magnificent sloping terrace of deep villafranchian gravel. Aged in French oak barrels, the wine is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mouvèdre and old Carignan. Sainte Hélène is a deep purple colour, with a wild spice nose and ripe fruits married with woody notes. The full silky tannins express the essence of the terrior of Chateau de Belles Eaux.
Chateau Belles Eaux Winery
The wines of Château Belles Eaux are a result of the marriage of two terriors. The terrior of Belles Eaux. Almost 60 hectares, is planted with Syrah, Grenache, Mouvèdre, Merlot and old Carignan. These grape varieties, both fruity and robust, have been grown in the soils of the mid-slope alluvial terrace of gritty clay. They are the heart of the wines produced at the Estate. The name is derived from the many freshwater springs on the property, which is situated in the heart of the Languedoc near Pézenas. The winemaker, Cédric Loiseau is also known for his brilliant work at Chateau Pichon Baron.
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About Other Rhône
Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
About France - Other regions
When it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and
Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.