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2018 Domaine Belle "Les Pierrelles" Crozes-Hermitage

SKU #1512587 90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Crozes Hermitage les Pierrelles made for a great start to my visit at this standout estate. It's grapey and intense, with hints of cedary wood accenting blueberry and blackberry fruit. It's full-bodied and supple, finishing lush and even a bit warm. It should be a lot of fun to drink as a young wine. (JC) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

K&L Notes

The roots of the Belle family run deep in Hermitage and extend back to the 18th century when the family began acquiring vines in the region. When descendant Louis Belle assumed control of the property he preferred tending vines over making wine. In 1933, Louis became one of the founding members of the Cave de Tain, the local cooperative. It was not until 2003 when grandson Philippe began making wines for the domaine. The property has 25 hectares of vines planted across Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and St-Joseph, along with apricot orchards and a vine nursery tended by Philippe's brother, Jean-Claude. The vineyards were certified organic in 2014. The Pierrelles is from Syrah vines ranging from 20-25 years of age, planted on primarily stony red clay and sandy soils covered with the rolled pebbles of this commune. The grapes are destemmed and all grapes are fermented with native yeasts. The wine is aged between 12-14 months in used barrels. Les Pierrelles is fresh and inviting and a great introduction to this top-tier Northern Rhone producer. We are happy to have added them to our portfolio of direct imports in 2020.

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2021 | Send Email
There are some light meaty and gamy aromas here along with wildflowers, raspberries and black cherries. The middle is lush and a touch chewy with oodles of blackberry and black cherry fruit and barely a wisp of sweet tannin on the finish. Delicious and almost decadent: to drink or age further.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/27/2021 | Send Email
Generous and ripe with fleshy red and blackcurrant fruit and loaded with baking spices, the "Pierrelles" is the perfect introduction to our newest DI producer. Domaine Belle is certified organic, practicing clean and precise winemaking, using native yeasts and expressing great Crozes terroir. They are one of the most exciting producers to emerge in the northern Rhone these past few years although their history goes back much further. Since their conversion to organics and stepping back from the more modernist approach to winemaking the wines have excelled and provide classic flavors and enticing approachability. Les Pierrelles beckons you! Heed its call!

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