The 2015 Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret is firmly built and a triffle austere, but it shows lovely fruit and complexity. Hints of stone fruit blend easily into cherries while garrigue scents wander in and out, adding attractive lavender, thyme, and bay leaf notes. Give it a year or two to soften, and drink it over the next 5 years.

Reviewed By: Joe Czerwinski  Issue Date:30th Nov 2017   Source: Interim End of November, The Wine Advocate

2016 Domaine Belle Hermitage White
93
234# The Wine Advocate
Belle's white Hermitage comes
mostly from the Péleat lieu-dit,
with a small bit of Maison Blanche.
The 2016 Hermitage Blanc is 60%
Marsanne and 40% Roussanne, all
barrel-fermented. It offers up hints
of toasted grain, honey and orange
marmalade, along with savory
spice notes. It's full-bodied, mouthfilling
and long, seemingly capable
of developing over a decade or so.

Reviews / Press

2015 Domaine Belle Crozes Hermitage les Pierrelles
91
234# The Wine Advocate
Belle's 2015 Crozes Hermitage les Pierrelles is an awfully good entry-level Crozes. It's atypically concentrated and intense, but that's the vintage speaking, providing leather and dried fruit notes and rich tannins. I don't know whether it will age well, but it makes for fine drinking now and over the next few years.




2015 Domaine Belle Crozes Hermitage Cuvée Louis Belle
94
234# The Wine Advocate
The 2015 Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Louis Belle is cedary and rich, full-bodied and amply endowed with dark berry fruit and velvety tannins. It does show too much oak to be truly classic, but it's hedonistically delicious in a clean, modern style. It has a decade or more of pleasure ahead of it.




2015 Domaine Belle Crozes Hermitage Roche Pierre
96
234# The Wine Advocate
Simply one of the best (if not the best) Crozes Hermitage I've ever tasted, Belle's 2015 Crozes Hermitage Roche Pierre is a huge, full-bodied wine with immense richness and unfathomable length. Crushed stone and black olive aromas set the scene, then masses of fine tannins leave behind an indelible yet velvety imprint on the palate. Mocha, stone and spice elements whirl together on the finish, transporting the taster to gnarly old vines on craggy granite slopes. The Belle family treats this wine like Hermitage, and in this vintage, it even surpasses their Hermitage. Wow.

2015 Domaine Belle Hermitage Red
95
234# The Wine Advocate
Plush, big and cuddly, the fullbodied
2015 Hermitage offers mouth-filling flavors of mocha cream and ripe cherries. It's concentrated and rich but maybe
doesn't have quite the detail and
precision of the estate's top wines
from the granites of Saint Joseph or
Crozes Hermitage. It's a bit drying
on the finish at the moment, so give
it a couple of years and then drink it
over the following decade and a
half.

2015 Domaine de L'Amandine Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret

2016 Domaine Belle Crozes Hermitage Terres Blanches
91
234# The Wine Advocate
A blend of 70% Marsanne and 30% Roussanne, the 2016 Crozes Hermitage les Terres Blanches is sourced from the region around Larnage, known for its white soils. This medium to full-bodied white is rich in the mouth, yet briny, subtly bitter and balanced, with notes of fennel and honey on the finish. It should drink well for a few years.




2016 Domaine Belle Crozes Hermitage Roche Blanche
93
234# The Wine Advocate
The 100% Marsanne 2016 Crozes Hermitage Roche Blanche is the product of 70- to 80-year-old vines near Larnage. It's entirely barrel-fermented in 15% to 20% new oak, imparting subtle grilled notes to hints of toasted marshmallow and pear. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with orange, brine and citrus pith notes on the lingering finish. It should drink well for a few more years.

Rating: 90

2015 Domaine Belle Hermitage White
93
228# The Wine Advocate
I was able to taste two vintages of
their Hermitage Blanc. Made from
60% Marsanne and 40% Roussanne,
the 2015 Hermitage Blanc spent 12
months in barrels before being
bottled. There are less than 200 cases
made. Pineapple, flower oil and a
touch of buttered citrus all emerge
from this medium-bodied, balanced,
nicely concentrated white that has a
supple, lengthy finish. I like it now,
but I suspect it will drink nicely for a
decade.

2014 Domaine Belle Hermitage Red
91
228# The Wine Advocate
Belle's 2014 Hermitage is a meaty,
smoky effort that offers plenty of ripe
currants, vanilla bean and crushed
rock characteristics in its medium to
full-bodied, nicely concentrated,
elegant style. Like all the 2014s, it
stays fresh and focused, without a
huge amount of depth, yet it has

topnotch purity and elegance, with fine
tannin. Give bottles a few years to
shed some tannin and drink it over
the following decade or so.