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Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
M. Chapoutier

Style Heavy red Old World Country France Price $13
Vintage tasted 2008 Grapes Syrah, Grenache
Website www.belleruchewines.com

Overview It’s tough to find a Côtes-du-Rhône for under $15, much less one as delicious as this. Even more impressive, it’s made by a vintner with seven generations of winemaking heritage. Côtes-du- Rhône is what made Syrah’s reputation, before Australia and California got hold of it, and this bottle shows why. Balanced by the plusher, fruitier Grenache, the savory Syrah shows exactly why there’s only one home for this grape.

Nose Herbs, smoke, sweaty animals, and pepper: just what we’d hope for in a Côtes-du-Rhône.

Mouth The Grenache is a bit more apparent here in the ripe berry flavors, but the herbs and tannins are coming mostly from the Syrah.
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