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M. Chapoutier Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2009
The Chapoutier family have been making wine in the Rhône Valley since 1808, but it is since 1990 when Michel Chapoutier came to the helm that the wines really began to speak of their origin. Michel Chapoutier’s viticultural vision is highly impressive. His dedication to understanding each parcel of land and allowing it to make the best natural wine it can is breathtaking. He has worked tirelessly to improve every practice in his company investing in his staff as well as in the winery and vineyard - much of his estate is now farmed biodynamically. Indeed he has also created dynamic projects outside of the Rhône, examples of which can be found here from Roussillon, where he sought old vines and Australia, where his particular interest was the soil. This entire range is the fruit of extensive research and Michel Chapoutier’s labour. The Côtes du Rhône vineyard is one of the oldest in France. More than two thousand years ago, Vienna was a prestigeous metropolis and first planted vineyards there. The idea which differentiates Nothern from Southern Vineyards dates back to the XII th century. The reputation of wines largely overstepping regional limits, a royal edict in 1729 respecified the demarcation and instituted marking of casks with the letters "C.D.R.". The Côtes du Rhône wines finally attained official recognition from the INAO in 1937 thanks to Baron Le Roy de Boiseaumarié. The 'Belleruche Rouge ' shows a garnet red colour. Red fruit aromas, mainly Morello cherries on the nose. This wine has aromas of red fruits (mainly morello cherries) and spices (liquorice, grey pepper).
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.
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.
External Reviews for M. Chapoutier Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Belleruche
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.
This is a well known name in the wine industry, owning wineries throughout the Rhocirc;ne Valley One can pretty much guarantee a good wine from this family. This Rhocirc;ne is predominantly Grenache, grown in clay and sandy soil, in an arid climate. The produces a wine with peppery dry cherry fruit and great flavor. A great wine; look for the bottle with a Braille label.
A blend of Syrah and Grenache, if offers aromas and flavors of berries and cherries, tangy underlying acidity, fine elegance and finesse, and a floral, fruity quality. Pure and refreshing, it is best drunk over the next 2ndash;3 years.
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.
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.
This wine is garnet red in color. On the nose, aromas of red fruits, mainly morello cherries, and spices, like licorice and grey pepper. This wine has a great structure with firm and silky tannins.
Dark, chewy notes of black cherry, game and tobacco are lively and well integrated, feeling sophisticated and silky. The fruitrsquo;s subtlety and complexity sets this wine apart, its components harmoniously balanced.
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Dietary Information: Organic
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