M. Chapoutier (France) 2009 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Red



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Winery/Brand: M. Chapoutier (France)


Colour : Garnet red.
Nose: Red fruit aromas, mainly Morello cherries.
Mouth: Well-structured, with soft tannins. A nice spicy finish for a typical "Côtes du Rhône".
Foods/Wine: All grilled or roast meats, especially lamb.



The Story

The vineyards of the red Côtes du Rhône Belleruche extend over the "communes" of Sablet and Séguret, on a silty and stony subsoil coming from the former bed of the rhône. The grapes are hand harvested at maturity. 100 % destemmed. Maceration lasts 15 days and procures a good tannic structure which permits the ageing and guarantees the stability of the wine.

' 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 ruby/purple-tinged color to the rim, a big, spicy, peppery, kirsch-scented nose, and medium-bodied, juicy flavors, with intriguing minerality and loads of fruit and texture. This is a very serious Cotes du Rhone that should drink nicely for 3-4 years. (To Chapoutier’s credit, this is made completely from contracted biodynamically farmed vineyards, as opposed to buying fermented juice from growers.)' 89 pts » Robert Parker - Wine Advocate # 191. » Oct 2010

The Specs

PackagingGlass Bottle