Saint Chinian, Domaine Belles Courbes vieille vignes, 2015

August 22, 2018

Grenache Noir, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault
Domaine Belles Courbes’ owner, Jean-Benoit Pelletier really does make things difficult for himself in his pursuit of producing wines with a real sense of terroir and character. Low yielding old vines with average age of 50 years grow in schist soils on very steep slopes and are not treated with any weed killers or chemical insecticides whatsoever. Scrubland flora and wild life of Southern France happily coexist with the grapevines.
Jean-Benoit then hand harvests the grapes, manually sorts and de-stems before traditional fermentation and then ageing in both vats and old oak barrels.
A deep garnet in colour with a complex nose of ripe black fruits and spices.  On the palate a melting pot of wild blackberries, pepper, liquorice and African spices. A wine of complexity and concentration yet fresh and inviting. This is a wine for food, particularly those big red meat meals or indeed any dish with big flavours that need a balancing big red wine.  An Elvis Presley/Dolly Parton type of wine but with an extra level of class
Drink now–2023


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