Domaine De Belle Mare
Pays d’Oc IGP, Languedoc, France
A crimson colour, fresh strawberry, raspberry, woody notes and silky, supple tannins make this wine an invitation to simple pleasure.
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Great wines often come from stunning locations and the wines of Les Granges and Domaine de Belle Mare are the perfect example. Jerome Rouaix is the winemaker and his vines couldn’t be any closer to the Mediterranean, situated just outside the town of Meze on France’s southern coast. Jerome manages to wonderfully capture the sun and sea in his fragrant, easy drinking whites which play to the strengths of the region.
Viognier in particular achieves a wonderful expression here and Jerome shows his skill in achieving wines of balance and refreshment in a region where the heat and ripeness can easily produce off-kilter juice bombs. He also utilises local specialities like Vermentino and Piquepoule. He's in good company too as the neighbour of our long-time friend, Claude Jourdan.
Domaine de Belle Mare
The Belle Mare Estate stretches over 68 hectares around Thau Lake. 55 hectares are planted with vines according to a planting scheme that is typical of the Languedoc region: the famous Piquepoul, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah. More international vine varieties such as Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon have been introduced along with other more original grape varieties such as Roussanne, Muscat and Viognier