2007 Domaine de la Grande Bellane, Valréas, AC Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages
With the weather cooling quite significantly this week, time to get begin warming up with wines of the Rhône Valley. I love these wines with all my heart, and not only for sentimental reasons - these are profound, terroir-driven wines balancing subtlety and great richness.
This is an organic wine, of equal parts syrah and grenache. From the town of Valréas, one of the 'Villages' indicated in the appellation name. Decanted, this shows beautiful colour, deep and saturated. Rich nose, almost jammy, but develops a characteristic meatiness. Lovely, savoury aromas. These wines are fantastically balanced in the mouth, although perhaps showing the difiiculties of the vintage. Interesting. Lean, but interesting and quite approachable now.