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Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2008

Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2008

Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France

Price: $14.79 $11.99
Save $2.80 (19%)
Item No. 109488
  • WS87
  • RP87
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2001
  • RP87

Winemaker's Notes

Michel Chapoutier says that one of the most difficult tasks of a vineyardist and winemaker is to make a serious, high-quality wine, yet have it remain a good value. His "Belleruche" wines accomplish just that. M. Chapoutier Belleruche Blanc is a great introduction to one of the world's most celebrated wine appellations: the Côtes-du-Rhône region.

Blend: Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc

The wine has aromas of green apple, hawthorn and white blossoms, citrus aromas and exotic fruits.

The taste is fresh and well-balanced, lot of fatness and length.

Critical Acclaim

"This offers nice cut, with a strong, stony edge to the peach pit and melon notes, followed by a fresh, lingering finish. Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc. Drink now."
87 Points

"The 2008 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche blanc is an impeccably well-made white offering floral, mineral, honeyed grapefruit, and white citrus notes. Crisp and fresh, it is ideal for near-term consumption."
87 Points

Learn About Chapoutier Map ItMap It

No name is more closely associated with the greatness of the Rhone valley than M. Chapoutier. The history of the Chapoutier family stretches back to the early nineteenth century when current owner Michel Chapoutier"s great-, great-, great-grandfather Marius purchased an estate and some vineyards in the now famous village of Tain l"Hermitage in the Northern Rhone Valley. Marius...

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Learn About Cotes du Rhone

A Cote of Many Grapes The appellation of Cotes du Rhone encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine - over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation. Wines here need only be from the Cotes de Rhone geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide...

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Learn About Rhone White Blends

White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...

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