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Domaine Belle has roots in Hermitage that date back several generations. The estate was founded by Louis Belle in the 1930’s. At the time, the harvest was sold to negociants or the local cooperatives. In fact, Louis Belle became one of the founding members of the now famous Tain l’Hermitage wine-making cooperative. In 1971, that began to change when Domaine Belle, headed by Albert Belle at the time began purchasing additional parcels of vines in the region. Domaine Belle built their first modern winery and cellars in 1990. Philippe Belle has been in charge of the estate since 2003.
Domaine Belle Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine Belle owns 31 hectares of vines in the Northern Rhone Valley. Their best vines are in Hermitage in the Les Murets and Diognieres vineyards, which have a terroir of granite, limestone, sand and gravel soils. However, many of those vines are located in soils with more sand and limestone. Domaine Belle produces red and white wine in other Northern Rhone appellations including Crozes Hermitage and St. Joseph .
In Hermitage, Domaine Belle has about 1.5 hectares of vines planted in the Doignoeres and Murets lieux-dits. They have old vines, some of which are more than 50 years of age. Starting with the 2014 vintage, Domaine Belle began using 100% organic farming techniques in all their vineyards.
Domaine Belle produces 2 wines in Hermitage, a red and white wine.
Domaine Belle Hermitage rouge is made from 100% Syrah grapes that are generally not destemmed. Although that can vary, depending on the vintage. The grapes are whole bunch fermented in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for between 18 to 26 months before bottling.
To produce the white wine of Domaine Belle, vinification takes place in a combination of vessels; 100% new French oak barrels and, or stainless steel tanks. This can vary depending on the vintage and the appellation. Malolactic fermentation takes place in the same combination of vessels. The wine is made from a blend of 75% Marsanne and 25% Roussanne , however, the blend can vary depending on the vintage. The wine is bottled after 10 to 12 months of aging.
Domaine Belle produced a vineyard specific, Hermitage Cuvee, Les Murets for 2 vintages, 1999 and 2000.
Domaine Belle also produces red and white wine in the Crozes Hermitage and St. Joseph appellations. In Crozes Hermitage, Domaine makes a plethora of wines: For their red wine, they make Crozes Hermitage Rouge, les Pierrelles, Roche Pierre and Cuvee Louis Belle. For their white Crozes Hermitage wine, they produce: les Terres Blanches, Cuvee Louis Belle and Crozes Hermitage Blanc .
Serving and Decanting Domaine Belle with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Domaine Belle is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-4 hours, depending on the character of the vintage. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Domaine Belle Rouge is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Domaine Belle is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
The white wine of Domaine Belle is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.