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Karen's Notes

  • Karen Kaczmar

Clos Bellane in the Southern Rhône, France

Beautiful certified organic wines from a small and unique winery high in the hills outside Valréas in the northern most section of the Southern Rhône. Owner and winemaker Stephane Vedeau, interested in making a fresher style of Cotes du Rhône Village, uses a deft touch and a minimalist approach in the cellar. Consequently the cool climate terroir expresses itself fully, producing wines of astounding delicacy and vibrancy.

Clos Bellane Blanc

A complex, mineral-accented bouquet evokes citrus and orchard fruits. Minerally and precise on the palate, it offers Meyer lemon and honeysuckle flavors with suggestions of honeydew melon and peach. Fresh and energetic, this blend of 65% Marsanne, 31% Viognier and 5% Roussanne finishes extremely long with a gorgeous floral note. Pair with shellfish, chicken, veal, pork and preparations with savory butter, cream or mild cheese-based sauces


Clos Bellane Rouge

Peppery herbs, flowers and mint with plenty of black fruit in this medium-bodied, nicely concentrated and balanced blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Syrah. Its richness, freshness and nuanced character stand out. Pair with beef, lamb or game.


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