The wines that emanate from Bellet's 70 hectares of vineyard enjoy a loyal following amongst the smarter restaurants and hotels of the Riviera. They are seldom seen on export markets as they are not well-known internationally and the paucity of supply prevents them from becoming so. This is a pity as a combination of terrific elevation, cooling sea breezes, great light levels and interesting local grape varieties yields some terrific wines that are worthy of wider recognition. A case in point are those made by brother and sister Eric and Carine Dalmasso at Domaine de la Source in the hilltop hameau of Saint Roman de Bellet.
Following significant acquisitions and re-planting, their vine holdings now extend to over 7 hectares, all of which are certified as organic. Their Bellet blanc is made from pure Rolle and has inviting yellow plum and peach scents and a supple stone fruit palate with delicate notes of wild herbs and balsam. Its raison d'être is to accompany seafood; a bowl of bouillabaisse would fit the bill nicely. The Domaine de la Source rosé, which is made from pure Braquet, has a lovely coral pink robe, uplifting floral aromas, wild strawberry flavours and an elegant dry finish. Completing the range is a lovely, briary red made from a blend of 40% Braquet, 40% Folle Noir and 20% Grenache Noir. With a bouquet of dark hedgerow fruit and a core of cassis and stewed black berries over a foundation of peppery tannins, it lends itself to olive-rich daubes or freshly-foraged mushroom dishes.