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: 60% Grenache, 20% Clairette, 20% Bourboulenc.
The wine is pale yellow in color and clear.
On the nose there is green apple, hawthorn and white blossoms, citrus aromas and exoitic fruits.
The taste is fresh and well-balanced, with a lot of fatness and length.
"A good core of pear and melon fruit framed by a light bitter almond note that adds length on the finish. Well-focused. Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc."
"The 2009 Belleruche Blanc, which comes principally from Grenache blanc and Marsanne and is aged completely in tank, offers floral and grapefruit notes with some quince and white currant. Light to medium-bodied and fresh, with good fruit and texture, it should drink nicely for another 1-2 years. "
The Wine Advocate
Rich & Creamy
Past prime. If you can get the 2011, get that -- I'd give that 3 stars.