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Cosmopolitan calls the wines of M. Chapoutier “Beasts of the Southern Wild”:
“M. Chapoutier’s been a leader in biodynamic wines and their Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche wines are delicious and great values… Grab one of these wild wines made in the southern Rhône.”
Jeb Dunnuck for Rhône Report:
2010 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Rhône Blanc Belleruche (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône) $13 The 2010 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Rhône Blanc Belleruche is a fresh, lively blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Bourboulenc that delivers crisp green apple, peach pit, citrus, and mineral aromatics, a medium-bodied, lightly textured mouth feel, and juicy acidity on the finish. Very clean, with good balance and high drinkability, this should be enjoyed over the coming year or two.
2009 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Rhône Belleruche (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône) $13 A blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, as well as a perennial overachiever, the 2009 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Rhône Belleruche is a mineral, pepper, and red and black fruit driven Côtes du Rhône that has excellent fruit, a round supple texture, and plenty to love. It should drink nicely for 2-3 years.
2010 Cotes Du Rhone Belleruche Blanc (100% grenache blanc): Pale gold. Smoky pear and peach pit aromas are lifted by a zesty lemon pith nuance. Fleshy and smooth in texture, with good heft to its broad orchard and pit fruit flavors. Shows good clarity on the finish, which features a juicy pear note.
2009 Cotes Du Rhone Belleruche (80% grenache and 20% syrah): Ruby-red. Deeply pitched aromas of dark berries and cherry, with notes of olive tapenade and cracked pepper adding complexity. Fleshy and smooth, offering warm blackberry and bitter cherry flavors but displaying good energy. Finishes with resonating spiciness and decent persistence.
Josh Raynolds on 2010 and 2009 Cotes du Rhone Wines:
The benevolent conditions that produced the generally superb 2010s and 2009s in the Rhone Valley were obviously beneficial to the “little” wines of the region as well, although that fact has been obscured by the frenzy over the marquee bottlings. The great news is that many of the best non-trophy wines — the ones that can be enjoyed on an everyday basis — are still widely available or yet to arrive in the U.S. marketplace. And in many instances, these are wines at a quality level close to those from loftier appellations; many of them are actually built to age just as long as the big names.
“There’s a lot to be said for consistency, especially when one is talking about being consistently good and fairly priced. That’s certainly the case with the 2010 M Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche. It’s like every other year of this wine, flat out good. Dark purple in the glass and a nose of fresh fruit. Tons of bright strawberry flavors from the 80% of the wine that is Grenache. Underlying that is some darker notes of plums from the 20% Syrah. Good acid, medium body and nice almost sweet finish make this a red wine to love. Not a wine to ponder, just a wine to drink, and that’s what I did with a thick, grilled strip steak and some redskin potatoes roasted in duck fat.”
“There are so many great things about summer to eagerly anticipate-heirloom tomatoes (I especially like the pineapple ones), peaches from Regier Farms, tender, young green beans, prune plums- but the thing I most look forward to is Rosé, that most food friendly of wines. From the delicate salmon hued ones, to the voluptuous magentas, I love them all. I’ve loved Rosé wines almost since I first started drinking wines — and that (ahem!) was quite a while ago. About 12 years ago, I started fêting them, along with the lusty, sunny-climate foods they complement so well, with friends and colleagues, at a regular (but not quite annual) Rosé Fest.”