Domaine Montmartel Grande Bellane Valreas (no added sulphites) France
This wine is a consistent award winner. 50% Syrah 50% Grenache grown biodynamically on the southern Rhone hillsides around the village of Valreas.
Expressive nose of ripe red and black berry fruits. Smooth on the palate with plenty of body and structure. Great mouthful of blackberry and cherry and a hint of herb on the intense finish.
Organic since 1992, Domaine Montmartel has prime vineyards located in the Côtes du Rhône villages of Visan, Valréas, Tulette and Saint Maurice.
The owner, Damien Marres, believes that the vines should be interfered with as little as possible and devotes himself to organic and biodynamic farming.
Based high up on the hillsides of the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation, Damien's vineyards benefit from the best terroir, with excellent natural drainage and full exposure to the sun promoting rich flavour concentration in the wines.