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Clos Bellane Cotes du Rhone Villages Valreas Blanc 2015

Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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Winemaker Notes

All the charm of the Southern Cotes du Rhône with the elegance of the Northern Cotes du Rhône. Bright yellow color with intense green reflection. Nose with notes of grapefruit, exotic fruits and then lemony notes. In mouth, the extraordinary freshness invades the palace then the richness and the fat cover the mucous membranes.

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A sensational wine readers should snatch up is the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas Blanc! Made from 65% Marsanne, 30% Viognier and 5% Roussanne, it offers lots of pineapple, white peach, tangerine and buttered citrus in its rich, mouth-filling, medium to full-bodied style. It has more in common with a northern Rhône white than the Southern Rhône, and will shine on the dinner table.
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Clos Bellane

Clos Bellane

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Clos Bellane, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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Acquired in 2010 by Stephane Vedeau, Clos Bellane is situated on the tray of Vinsobres, in the southeast of Valreas, in the heart of the Enclave of the Popes in Vaucluse, but inside the Drome. The estate benefits from an exceptionally cool climate at an altitude of 410 m and is home to 120 beehives and a truffle forest. The vineyard, from which offers itself an exceptional panorama on Ventoux and the Laces of Montmirail, extends over 48 hectares all in one piece, in southeast, southwest exposure. In red Grenache dominates, completed by Syrah, whereas Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier and sparkling white wine are divided the roles into white.

Cotes du Rhone Villages

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An appellation full of some of the most delightful and particularly charming reds, Côtes du Rhône Villages includes the best villages of the greater Côtes du Rhône appellation. The possibility for an appellation promotion exists for each named village but each has to achieve and prove superior quality before an upgrade will be granted. The main ones today are Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de-Venise, Vinsobres, Rasteau and Cairanne.

The Gigondas appellation, while sometimes producing wines with a touch of rusticity, can often rival Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Its elevations are higher and soils richer in limestone. Vacqueyras reds are more concentrated than the generic Cotes du Rhone reds and must be at least 50% Grenache by law. Beaumes de Venise also includes some excellent higher elevation spots for making snappy, fruity and spicy reds but historically the appellation’s esteem came from its fragrant, sweet and golden Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise.

Rhône White Blends

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Full-bodied and flavorful, Rhône white blends are made in France’s Rhone Valley and beyond, proving most successful in Spain, Australia, South America, and California’s Central Coast. They are made from a combination of two or more of the white varieties permitted in the Rhône, potentially including Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier.

In the Glass

Each variety brings something different to the table. Round, textural Grenache Blanc contributes green apple and white stone fruit flavors; weighty Marsanne adds structure and delicate honeysuckle aromas; russet-colored Roussanne lends intriguing herbal, tea-like notes, and Viognier provides an oily texture and an elegant floral perfume. The flavor of the final wine will depend on the chosen components of the blend and their respective proportions.

Perfect Pairings

Since Rhône white blends tend to be fairly full-bodied, they can be quite versatile food pairing wines and can work with light to medium rich meals that might normally be matched with reds. Meatier fish dishes with bold seasoning like grilled swordfish with caper butter or baked, herb-crusted mahi mahi are natural allies for these flavorful wines. Other ideal dishes include roast pork in mustard sauce, poached lobster with beurre blanc, or a rich and savory vegetable quiche. `

Sommelier Secret

In the Northern Rhône, blends of Marsanne and Roussanne are most common, in the appellations of St.-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, and St-Péray (in Condrieu and Château-Grillet, whites are made from Viognier only). The Southern Rhône, on the other hand, has much more variety, with many more permitted grapes including Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picpoul Blanc, and Ugni Blanc.

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