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Date Printed: 7/31/2014
Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rouge 2007
Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rouge 2007
(search item no. 100149)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $13.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

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.

Garnet red color. Red fruit aromas, mainly Morello cherries. Well-structured, with dark red fruit and pepper notes; sustained tannins.

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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.