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2018 Domaine Belle "Roche Pierre" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1539897 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The flagship Croze release is the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Roche Pierre. A big, rich, powerful wine, it has plenty of classy oak as well as ripe blue fruits, scorched earth, graphite, chocolate, and assorted meatiness to go with a full-bodied, rich, concentrated style on the palate. Displaying more density than the Cuvée Louis Belle, it needs 3-5 years of bottle age and will keep for 15-20 years. It's up with the crème de la crème of the vintage. Inner quote mark (4/2021)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From old vines on granitic soils, Belle's 2018 Crozes Hermitage Roche Pierre is easily the equal of many Hermitages. Inky in color, marked by scents of crushed stone, licorice, dark berries and black olives, it’s full-bodied on the palate and a marvelous Crozes from a top vintage. Supple but structured, with a sense of coolness and restraint, it reverberates on the finish, delivering masses of fruit but also spicy-savory notes that keep it lively and refreshing. There's 40% new oak in the élevage, but it's scarcely noticeable, so intense is the fruit. (JC) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

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, he 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. Roche Pierre comes from a single-parcel in Larnage planted on granitic soils in the 1940s and 1950s. Vinification is done whole-cluster and depending on vintage may see partial destemming. Fermentation is in stainless steel tanks and the wine is aged about 18 months in a mix of new, 1-year and 2-year old barrique. The wine has a saturated color and unmistakable depth of flavor and long finish. Only produced in particularly good vintages, it rests squarely at the top of Crozes wines produced in the region. (ECOCERT Certified Organic)

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2021 | Send Email
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