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.
Garnet red color. Red fruit aromas, mainly Morello cherries. Well-structured, with dark red fruit and pepper notes; sustained tannins.
"The red wine portfolio includes a sleeper of the vintage, the 2007 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche, a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. The finest Cotes du Rhone Chapoutier has yet made, it rivals Guigal’s offering as one of the best negociant Cotes du Rhones produced. Its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by aromas of blackberries, cherries, road tar, and earth. Medium-bodied with silky tannins as well as gobs of luscious fruit, it should be enjoyed over the next several years.
The Wine Advocate
"Fleshy and ripe, with blackberry and macerated currant fruit giving way to toast, cedar and licorice hints on the finish. Nice acidity keeps this lively. A super value. Drink now. "
This was a dissapointment. After a strong recommendation I bought a bottle, after reading a few tasters notes I'm even more suprised by it. The initial aroma is somewhat mellow but fruity, with some berry notes. A nice body and good mouthfeel, I felt like the fruit may have been buried but it wasn't bad. So far it's quite acceptable and easily drinkable, if not exceptional. And then you swallow it, and everything collapses on the finish. Little flavor, no lingering notes, almost nothing but a tannic dryness. Overall it's a decent table wine, and probably worth $13. I think you can do better, and I wouldn't drink it alone (if at all honestly). A final note, make sure you let it breath as it improves hugely and I found it to be quite flat and muted without it.