Fire on the Mountain Revisited: 2014 Domaine Belluard Le Feu

Posted by Joe Salamone

I didn't want summer to slip away without offering Belluard's Le Feu.

Le Feu's alpine purity and crackling minerality are perfect for the warm months. It seemed like the right time to revisit the stunning 2014 Le Feu.

Don't mistake this wine for a simple quaffer. Belluard's Le Feu represents one of the most exciting and profound wines we taste each year. It's also one of the most refreshing.

And with each passing vintage, Belluard's wines surprise more and more. Belluard's 2014s are some of our favorites to date. Across the line-up, the wines have a very compelling clarity and focus.

Le Feu represents the pinnacle of the line-up. It manages to be the most complex and concentrated of Belluard's wines and also, the most refined and precise.

It's from a low-yielding, old-vine selection from a very particular high-altitude site. Its name refers directly to the high iron content in the soil, because it stains the clay soils a fiery red.

The 2014 may be the most vividly transparent and finely etched edition to date. It has killer energy and length. There's citrus and stony minerality on the attack, that gives way to a multi-dimensional complexity - spring flowers, herbs, smoke and pine needles.

There are 22ha of Gringet planted and Belluard owns half of it. It's the native grape of Belluard's obscure corner of Eastern France, Savoie.

Despite the obscurity of both Gringet and Savoie, Belluard has wasted no time bringing the grape to the world stage. In the U.S. Le Feu is brutally allocated. It's always a pleasure to offer.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.comor call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2014 Domaine Belluard Le Feu