Bellet: Domaine de la Source Rosé 2017

A rare Bellet rosé wine, produced in the hills directly behind Nice, most of which is consumed on the smart terraces of the Vieille Ville or along the beachfront of the Promenade des Anglais. As the Dalmasso family's only (and long-standing) export partner, we recommend a glass with pissaladière or stuffed courgette flowers.
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Tasting Notes
A characterful coral-pink rosé wine (made from Braquet), this makes for up-market al fresco imbibing. With delicate berry scents and flavours and an elegant, dry finish, it would be the perfect accompaniment to an authentic salade niçoise.
About this wine
Style Rose Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine Region Provence, Bellet
Grape Variety (Cépage) Braquet
Viticulture Organic
Vintage 2017
Cellarage At its full potential on release.
Vinification The grapes are handpicked at the end of September from vines grown on stony soil with a high mineral content.
Alcohol By Volume (%) 13.5

Eric & Carine Dalmasso

In existence for at least 2000 years, the micro-appellation of Bellet is tucked away in the hills above Nice and production has always been very small. The vineyards of Bellet benefit from 2,700 hours of sunlight a year but have constant exposure to the Mistral and Tramontane winds.

Much of Bellet’s production adorns the wine lists of Nice’s more knowledgeable eating establishments, although Yapp Brothers has forged an enduring trading relationship with the Dalmasso family who are one of the area’s finest but least prolific producers, and we are inordinately grateful for his loyal purveyance.

The Dalmasso estate represents one of a handful of Bellet’s vignerons bottling their own wine. Eric and Carine Dalmasso recently took over the reigns of this understated domaine from their father, Jacques and their wines are extraordinarily fine. Domaine de la Source is a fountainhead of rare and delicious wines from obscure yet distinctive local grape varieties.

The Dalmasso's have just imparted the welcome news that their entire 5 hectare vine-holdings are now under conversion to organic status and from the 2011 vintage onwards their wines should be certified as such.

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