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M Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Red 2009
Even better and a real sleeper of the vintage is the 2009 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche red Dominated by 80% Grenache with the rest Syrah and Mourvedre this wine has a deep rubypurpletinged color to the rim a big spicy peppery kirschscented nose and mediumbodied juicy flavors within triguing minerality and loads of fruit and texture This is a very serious Cotes du Rhone that should drink nicely for 34 years To Chapoutiers credit this is made completely from contracted biodynamically farmed vineyards as opposed to buying fermented juice from growers
The name CHAPOUTIER is present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Polydor CHAPOUTIER was the first to begin to buy vines, thus moving from the status of wine-grower of an estate to that of a viticulturist, a wine producer and a businessman. The pioneering spirit was already present in the family.
A very nice everyday white burgundy, especially for the price. Nice citrus fruits. Flinty, slight minerality with little to no oak overtones.
Hard to beat the price point on this one. Nice flavors, good body, decent fruit.
As another reviewer mentioned, great value for cotes-du-rhone.
This was brought by a guest for Thanksgiving - I wasn't a big fan. Very light body, lots of acidity and not much else. It wasn't able to stand up to the various flavors and rich textures of the Thanksgiving meal.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for M Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Red
Ruby-red. Alluring red berry and floral scents are lifted by a spicy quality. Juicy and perfumed on the palate, with fresh raspberry and cherry flavors picking up weight with air. Finishes spicy and focused, with a lingering note of candied anise.
The 2009 La Ciboise red displays straightforward, medium-bodied black cherry fruit intermixed with garrigue, licorice, and earth. It is an attractive wine that, like the Marius, could be served slightly chilled.
A charming petit Bordeaux with lovely currant and cherry fruit, some delicate spice, and beautiful, silky texture, this pure, mid-weight wine is already delicious and best drunk over the next 1ndash;3 years.
Soft and plummy, a wine of medium body that tastes a bit mature, with forest underbrush, fresh mushrooms and wet earth. Turns quite chewy and tannic on the finish. Drink now through 2005.
Performing extremely well, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernardine (100% Grenache) exhibits copious aromas of bay leaf/bouquet garni, sweet cherry jam, licorice and hints of new saddle leather, earth and pepper. With medium to full body, velvety tannins and more concentration than one normally sees in this cuvee, this cement-aged red should drink well for 10+ years.
Nice pebbly, minerally undertow in this red, with blackberry and red currant fruit followed by tar and floral notes. Well-structured finish. Drink now through 2007.
The 2006 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche is a strong effort in this vintage from Michel Chapoutier. The wine is already delicious, showing notes of plum, black currant, and cherry in a straightforward, fruity style with good body and seductive aromatics. It is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah and should drink well for 4ndash;5 years.
Food Pairings for M Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Red
COLOR: dark garnet-red color NOSE: aromas of very ripe black fruits MOUTH: spicy and liquorice aromas
Dietary Information: Organic
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