I have a fascination with France and its culture. If you were to ask me what city I most want to visit, my immediate response is always Paris. I think it comes from some romantic notion of the French lifestyle. I have visions of sitting at a sidewalk cafe drinking coffee, enjoying a bottle of wine with a baguette and cheese under the Eiffel Tower, and fine dining by candlelight.
Until I get the chance to travel to France I have to satisfy myself with the occasional meal or bottle of French wine such as my latest treasure a bottle of 2014 M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes-Du-Rhône.
2014 M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes-Du-Rhône
The Rhone wine region is located in the southwest of France, and is situated within the Rhone valley. This region produces a number of different wines all under various AOC designations with the most significant appellation being in the Côtes-Du-Rhône AOC.
Maison M. Chapoutier is an estate vineyard that has been involved in grape growing since 1808, and prides itself in its approach to growing, harvesting, and making wine. This is reflected in its family motto “Fac Et Spera”, – do and hope. Hope is the patience that comes with working with Mother Nature, and do is what goes into the process of making wine that people will enjoy.
The 2014 Belleruche is a blend of Grenache and Syrah, which gives it the strong pepper notes of a Syrah, but the soft mouth feel of Grenache. This was very easy drinking but had enough texture to stand up to a spicy beef dish that it was paired with.
On the nose I picked up strong notes of ripe fruit such as raspberry and black plum and slight hints of oak and dark chocolate. I found the ripe fruit aroma to be quite strong, almost overpowering.
Black pepper was front and centre on the palette, but also notes of dried fruit. There was lingering flavour on the back of the tongue that I had a difficult time identifying. I can only describe the taste as smoky, almost like BBQ meat. It’s definitely something I will be on the look out for next time.
I was really taken with colour of this wine, a deep burgundy with just a slight hint of violet. Looking at the wine in the glass my immediate impression was this was going to be a rich full-bodied wine and it certainly didn’t disappoint. This is definitely a wine to be added to the cellar.
- Winery: M. Chapoutier
- Vintage: 2014
- Grape: Syrah / Grenache blend
- Region: Cotes-Du-Rhone, Rhone Valley
- Country: France
- Nose: Raspberry, Black Plum, Oak, Dark Choclate
- Taste: Black Pepper, Dried Fruit
- Purchased: Oak & Vine
- Price: $18.99