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Affordable, Incredible Clos Bellane Duo Debuts!
March 20, 2019
A Note from Sergio

It's hard to find wine-lovers who don't fiercely love at least one Rhône wine--the Rhône's reds tend to be seductive and brooding, powerful and warming. But the farther north you go into the Rhône, the more finessed, delicate, and delineated these wines become. Elevation, vineyard aspect, soil composition, and the surrounding plants, trees, and grasses have a huge impact on a vineyard's grapes, a complex, many-layered and subtly changing influence that we sum up in a single word: terroir.

Today, I'm proud to introduce you to a new Rhône estate, Clos Bellane, via a pair of newly released wines, the estate's delicious 2017 Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas and its seductive 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Urgonien 1.14 Hectare. Stéphane Vedeau, who serves as winemaker at two other Rhône Valley estates, bought Clos Bellane almost a decade ago, and he chose the estate because of its super-rare terroir. Surrounded by woods and fields, Clos Bellane sports the highest vineyards in all of the Rhône, and, even more, its steep, terraced vineyards all face east, so it naturally has a cool, classic climate that's made for finessed, fine-boned wines. I think you'll love the two Clos Bellane bottles offered today--they're gorgeous, they're unique, and they're under $55 a bottle, so you'll be able to enjoy them early and often.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Only at IWM: Two Must-Have Wines from Rhône's Clos Bellane
2. Wine Events: Upcoming March / April Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito