2015 Clos Bellane "Petite Bellane" Côtes du Rhône-Villages (Previously $13)

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Stephane Vedeau is the proprietor/winemaker behind critical darling Les Fermes du Mont. In 2010, Vedeau added Clos Bellane from the Côtes du Rhône-Village Valreas to his portfolio. Valreas is the northernmost of the Village level Côtes du Rhônes and Stephane's vineyards sit above 400 meters. This cooler climate and higher exposition lead to bright and vibrant Rhone wines that challenge the notion of big and jammy southern French reds. These are fresh fruit filled and harmoniously balanced wines. The Petite Bellane is young vines Syrah produced using native yeasts, no SO2 during fermentation and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Purity defined! (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhône buyer)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2017 | Send Email
“Wines are made in the vineyard,” and perhaps that is why winemaker and owner Stéphane Vedeau devotes so much time to tasting the fruit he cultivates from vine to harvest through fermentation. As he recently remarked, “It’s the best way to catch the nuances in the evolution of the wines.” Such respect is reflected in every bottle of this youthful Syrah-based blend, flush with cool climate, savory black fruit and layers of spice and light toast, all held together by fine acidity.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/16/2017 | Send Email
This is brimming with the aromas of freshly crushed raspberry confiture…very rich fruit and the acid to back it up. This is likely due to its unusually high Syrah content for a southern Rhone wine. There’s a nice toastiness from the oak and its light-bodied nature makes it especially “mid-week quaffable.” The strong acid makes it a great food wine and a fantastic value.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2017 | Send Email
This wine is absolutely delicious and seems to capture much more of the Syrah than you typically find in a Cotes du Rhone. It's bursting with black pepper, dark savory fruit, and a meatiness that's practically begging for BBQ. But that's not to say it's heavy handed or tannic. There's loads of dark fruit underneath all that spice, making this more like a St-Joseph than your standard Grenache-based CdR. It's a serious deal, especially if--like I do--you find this scratches more of a Northern Rhone itch.

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 14