28/01/01 – Clos Petite Bellane (France) Cotes du Rhone Blanc 1999

Clos Petite Bellane (France) Cotes du Rhone Blanc 1999
The winemaker at this domaine has, apparantly, served his time at no less a winery than Chateau Petrus of Pomerol, on of the world’s most exclusive and sought after domaines. I tasted the red version of this during the week too and it is excellent in its own right, but I decided on this white as my Wine of the Week. A 50/50 blend of Roussanne and Viognier, this richly golden wine has delicious aromas of peaches and butterscotch, with a floral lift and a tantalising glimpse of burnt orange. On the palate it is full, rich and lush with a heady blend of sweet fruits, alcohol (though it’s rated a moderate 13%), an underlying nuttiness and good acidity. Quite long, this finishes with fine balance yet plenty of powerful personality. Oddbins 5.49