Domaine Belle Blanc Hermitage 2015

About this wine

60% Marsanne & 40 Roussane from Les Peleas vineyard in Tain l’Hermitage. Soil is limestone & gravel. Manual harvesting with yields of 35 hl/ha. The vineyard is converting to organic. Vinification is at low temperature in oak barrels - 75% new/25% one-year old. Aged 20 months in same barrels on fine lees with malolactic fermentation.

 

Our tasting impressions

A perfect example of white Hermitage, showing all the flavors and characteristics you expect from this regal wine. Pretty nose and pure fruit. A really well crafted wine that we expect will offer more nuance over the next few years.

 

On your table

We recently drank this with rabbit in a mustard crème fraîche sauce with pancetta and it was a glorious pairing.

2015
White Rhone Blend
Domaine Belle

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Domaine Belle

The property of the current Domaine Belle can trace its winemaking roots back to the 17th Century. 
Today, Philippe Belle carries on the commitment to the highest standards of excellence in vineyard maintenance and winemaking.  The Domaine covers 25-hectares, six communes and produces red (Syrah) and white (Marsanne & Roussane) wine and apricots from the orchard tended by Philippe’s brother, Jean-Claude.

Farming practices feature close pruning, very moderate application of organic fertilizers, mechanical working of the soil, reasoned use of natural phytosanitary treatments, leaf thinning, green harvesting when necessary, and manual harvesting.  Philippe is steadfastly committed to low yields. 

Their wines are pure expressions of the region’s wonderful terroir.