Ben says

★★ Great Wine “Oh this is interesting. Smells like Manzanilla sherry with oxidative nutty aromas sat in citrussy and bittersweet lemon pith with some green apple. Full, plush, citrussy palate with fresh bread and spice. Apple peel and lemon linger with a yeasty digestive biscuit tone. Very appealing!”

Great Wine - La Belouse Macon Cruzille


Varietal Chardonnay from old vines with 13.5% abv.

Grown in: Mâconnais, Burgundy, FRANCE.

Food Pairing

Chicken and leek pie, roast turkey and all the trimmings, baked quiche and buttery new potatoes, or a cheese fondue. All would work well. However, the real winner for this one is a deep, creamy risotto.

Disclosure & Price

Purchased at full retail price from Woodthorpe Wines, £19.00 (Wine searcher link here).

Reviewed and tasted: 3 August 2022

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Cota 45 is Ramiro Ibáñez’s project. Ramiro is an oenologist from Jeréz who works as an adviser for wineries in the Sherry Triangle (Marco de Jeréz). Cota 45 is located in an old boat workshop in Bajo de Guía on the Sanlúcar de Barrameda coastline. His vines, primarily native varieties, are grown on “albariza” soils (typical of Jeréz, calcareous and with very good water retention).