Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes du Rhone, 2006

Walking the line between traditional and modern Cotes du Rhone styles, this makes a very good restaurant wine. I get fresh aromas of dark cherries and red berries with hints of spice and pepper. In the mouth, it's medium bodied with plenty of substance but minimal tannins. Drinking very well right now. The wine has probably seen some new oak but only enough to broaden its appeal. I still find most of the qualities I expect from a Cotes du Rhone. The blend is 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah from grapes grown in the vicinity of Seguret.

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