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M. Chapoutier Belleruche (Côtes du Rhône) Rosé 2015


Recommendation: At under $10 it’s clearly a good “everyday” Rosé.

Winery/Producer: Michel Chapoutier; Tain, France.

Grape Variety: Rosé blend – Mostly Grenache and some Cinsault and Syrah.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Côtes du Rhône; Southern Rhône, France.

Vintage: 2015

Price: $9.99 (with a 30% mixed 6-pack discount)

Purchased From: Ralph’s Grocery Store; Agoura Hills, California.

Paired With: Mixed green garden salad.

Tasting:

    He said: Chilled before drinking. Light salmon color. Earthy with floral and ripe watermelon aromas. Quite heavy mouth-feel; pronounced strawberry and raspberry flavors in addition to good acidity that continues through the finish with the earthy flavors. Not the light freshness that was expected, but it was substantially dry, flavorful and lively. At under $10 it’s clearly a good “everyday” Rosé.

    Just a little interesting note, the wine’s vintage, appellation and color are embossed on the label in Braille.

    She said: Clear, with a sparkly apricot color. Pleasant, slightly floral aroma led to mouthful of strawberry flavor that was almost too much. It was fairly dry, acidic and smooth; the finish was long and slowly dissipates the strawberry flavor. Perhaps because the acidity, the wine went well with the salad although the flavors were less complementary. At $10 it was a good bargain wine.

M. Chapoutier vineyard

Comments: Learn more about M. Chapoutier and their wines.

Alcohol: 13.5%

UPC Code: 0 86891 02296 3

Imported by: Terlato Wines International; Lake Bluff, Illinois.

Photo from M. Chapoutier.