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Wine Advocate #227 – October 2016

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 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.