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M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes du Rhône Rouge
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M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes du Rhône Rouge 2018

Côtes du Rhône, Rhone Valley, FranceBelleruche has always been a classy little Rhone red that punches above its weight, and the story continued in 2018. The site is a jumble of terroirs, including pebbly clay, soils with layers of stones, clay terraces and silty-sand. The grapes are vinified in concrete and stainless steel tanks for 3-4 weeks. The nose is a rush of savoury black cherry, anise, with a lick of iron. The fruit mix is grenache and syrah, the attack is juicy with white pepper and black fruit before a touch of meatiness and garrigue fill in the back end. It is a great weekday red and a label that should be on a lot of restaurant lists. Grilled lamb, beef, mushrooms, and more will work well. Back up the truck.

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Tasted: 16 October 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 18.99 BCLS AB 17.99 private wine stores ON 17.99 LCBO QC 17.95 SAQ Producer: M. ChapoutierDistributors: Dandurand
Blend: Grenache - SyrahCSPC: 476846UPC: 03391181110136