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Date Printed: 11/28/2014
Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2000
Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2000
(search item no. 49670)
Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Pale yellow and clear.

Nose: Sour apple, hawthorn and white flowers.

Mouth: Fresh and well-balanced.

My Notes:

About M. Chapoutier:

No name is more closely associated with the greatness of the Rhône 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 Rhône Valley. Marius Chapoutier made history in the region when he became the first grape grower there to vinify his own fruit. Marius had tasted wines other winemakers produced using his fruit and he realized that something was lost in translation, so to speak. He knew that he owned some of the best growing sites in the appellation and he believed — rightly — that the grapes grown in his vineyards could produce long-lived world-class wines. In a move unusual at the time, he decided that he should make the wine himself. Not only did the quality of the wines increase greatly, but this move provided the capital to expand the Chapoutiers’ already legendary estate.

A visionary and pioneer in biodynamic winemaking, his restless energy and unconditional commitment to quality have produced tremendous success, with the most 90+ point ratings of all Rhône producers and 16 "100 point" rated wines.