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M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2021

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Belleruche translates to "beautiful beehive" in French, a name which takes inspiration from the bees and hives that thrive in the sustainable vineyards of M. Chapoutier. An expressive wine with aromas of apricot, fennel and floral scents. The wines roundness is a perfect match for its freshness, with a finish reveals subtle notes of aniseed.

Enjoy with fish, shellfish, and salads. Perfect for picnics with mild creamy cheese and grilled sardines or sea bream a la plancha - roasted on an iron skillet.

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JD 91
Jeb Dunnuck

Another terrific white from this team that will sell for a song, the 2021 Côtes Du Rhône Belleruche Blanc offers up lots of peach and hints of citrus as well as notes of chalky minerality and wild fennel. A blend of 40% Roussanne, 25% Viognier, and the rest Grenache Blanc and Clairette, this medium-bodied, balanced, lively white would easily stand up to a Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc in a blind tasting.

JS 90
James Suckling
A very attractive introduction to the white wines of the Rhone, this has so much apricot, dried apple and pear fruit, but also notes of fresh nuts and hay. Nice juiciness on the generous palate, the interplay of fruit, healthy acidity and a positive touch of tannin very satisfying. Drink now.
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No name is more closely associated with the greatness of the Rhone valley than 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.

Sothis Gin is distilled from grapes and plants grown near the vineyards. This family domaine is cultivated using biodynamic practices in which plants play a central role. In their wild state they offer M. Chapoutier a better understanding of the soils. When used in vine treatments they help to nourish plant life and support plant growth. They have selected a few of these plants in order to offer a new perspective of their terroirs, the story of a gin originating from the Tain l’Hermitage vineyards and their floral heritage. They have been honing this recipe for many months under the watchful eye of Sothis, the star and also the ancient Goddess who teaches us that cultivating the land is a means of moving closer to the stars.

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Typically thought of as a baby Chateâuneuf-du-Pape, the term Côtes du Rhône actually doesn’t merely apply to the flatter outskirts of the major southern Rhône appellations, it also includes the fringes of well-respected northern Rhône appellations. White wines can be produced under the appellation name, but very little is actually made.

The region offers some of the best values in France and even some first-rate and age-worthy reds. Red wine varieties include most of the Chateâuneuf-du-Pape varieties like Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Counoise, as well as Carignan. White grapes grown include Grenache blanc, Roussanne and Viognier, among others.

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Full-bodied and flavorful, white Rhône blends originate from France’s Rhône Valley. Today these blends are also becoming popular in other regions. Typically some combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier form the basis of a white Rhône blend with varying degrees of flexibility depending on the exact appellation. Somm Secret—In the Northern Rhône, blends of Marsanne and Roussanne are common but the south retains more variety. Marsanne, Roussanne as well as Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picpoul and Ugni Blanc are typical.

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