These impeccable beauties are made by Stephane Vedeau, who’s the driving force behind the quality coming from his Ferme du Mont estate in Châteauneuf du Pape.
2015 Clos Bellane Cotes du Rhone Villages Valreas Blanc – 90
A sensational wine readers should snatch up is the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas Blanc! Made from 65% Marsanne, 30% Viognier and 5% Roussanne, it offers lots of pineapple, white peach, tangerine and buttered citrus in its rich, mouth-filling, medium to full-bodied style. It has more in common with a northern Rhône white than the Southern Rhône, and will shine on the dinner table.
2015 Clos Bellane Cotes du Rhone Villages Valreas Les Echalas Blanc – 92
Even better than the Valréas Blanc, the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas Les Echalas Blanc is about as good as you’ll find from a Côtes du Rhône Blanc and will easily stand side by side with more prestigious cuvées. White peach, pineapple, brioche and a touch of honeysuckle all emerge from this rich, pedal-to-the-metal white that has fabulous purity and precision. It’s another wine from Stephane that will be at its best on the dinner table, and hats off to him for this smokin’ good effort.
2015 Clos Bellane Cotes du Rhone Villages Valreas rouge – 91
I also loved the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas, which is made from equal parts Grenache and Syrah, aged mostly in tank, yet 30% in barrels. It shows a medium-bodied, elegant, cool-climate-like style to go with pretty notes of black raspberries, white pepper, garrigue and integrated oak. It’s not a blockbuster, but excels on its purity of fruit. Drink it anytime over the coming 6-7 years.
2015 Clos Bellane Cotes du Rhone Villages Valreas Echalas rouge – (91-94)
The 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas Les Echalas gives up lots of graphite, toasted spices and rising bread notions to go with a core of vibrant blackberry and cassis-like fruit. Possessing medium to full-bodied richness, awesome purity and tons of class, it’s a killer Valréas that will have a decade or more of longevity
Clos Bellane was purchased by Stephane Vedeau, of Ferme du Mont, in 2010. The estate
covers 42 hectares, with a tiny 1.14 hectares in Chateauneuf du Pape. The wines are gorgeous.
2013 Clos Bellane Cotes du Rhone Villages Valreas Les Echalas Blanc – (92-94)
The top white from the estate is the 2013 Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas les Echalas Blanc.Made from 100% Roussanne and brought up all in barrels (and taking more than a year to ferment dry), it’s a serious, layered, gorgeously full-bodied white that gives up lots of honeyed nuances, buttered peach, citrus and broche on the nose. Possessing solid freshness, building richness and blockbuster finish, it’s a hidden gem in the vintage.
2014 Clos Bellane Chateauneuf du Pape– (91-93+)
A blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah that’s aging mostly in concrete (8% in barrels), the inky-colored 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape might be one of the wines of the vintage. Black raspberry, blackberry, licorice and crushed stone nuances all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, ripe, beautifully pure 2014 and it has more density, concentration and texture than most. It should evolve nicely for a decade.
Les Echalas rouge 2013 *
Cette cuvée issue de syrah (80%) et de grenache a connu le bois pendant seize mois : des fûts de 225L vieux d’un vin, des barriques de deux vins et des pièces neuves. Elle se distingue par un bouquet flatteur de fruits rouges et d’épices, et par un palais nettement plus floral, relativement puissant, au boisé ajusté…