Domaine Albert Belle is achieving the exciting potential of this area.
Domaine Albert Belle extends to 19
hectares in 4 communes and two appellations, Crozes-Hermitage and
Hermitage. Low yields in the vineyards (30-35 hl/ha) and of course
the wonderful climate help produce grapes of exceptional
The Domaine's white wines are produced from a
blend of Marsanne and Roussane, fermented in stainless steel at
around 18 to 20 centigrade. Philippe Belle oak matures a quarter of
the blend of Crozes-Hermitage and half of the Hermitage, enhancing
the full, ripe flavours and attractive, complex aromas of the
"Les Pierrelles" Crozes-Hermitage is produced in
the commune of Pont de l'Isere on a stony vineyard with poor soils,
the wine is relatively forward, with lovely textured tannin and
aromas of red fruits.
Having rapidly forged an enviable reputation for
interesting and crafted examples of Crozes-Hermitages at affordable
prices, the Belle family is one of the stars of the Rhône.