20/04/2008 – Grande Bellane, Cotes du Rhone Villages 2006

Domaine de la Grande Bellane (France) Cotes du Rhone Villages 2006
This organic wine is from an estate in the village of Valreas, and is a long-time favourite of mine. Both vineyard and winery are operated on strict organic principles, and this bottling is composed of a blend of indigenous grapes, 75% Syrah and 25% Grenache. It has a beautifully nutty richness on the nose, with robust, ripe, red plum fruit as well as spicy notes of nutmeg and a certain smokiness. The palate has real juiciness, with plenty of life about it and excellent balance, as refined, creamy tannins and gently supportive acidity extend the finish. A cracking little wine like a mini-Chateauneuf-du-Pape, that has energy and savory zest, and is as drinkable on its own as it with most red meat and even mildly spicy dishes. £5.99, Tesco.