07 April 2014

2013 M. Chapoutier Belleruche Rosé

M. Chapoutier is a négociant based in the Rhône region of France. That means that the grapes are purchased from nearby vineyards and made into the various bottles that bear the Chapoutier name. This is not a practice that is isolated in France, but I don't think that any other countries have a specific name for it.

I love rosé year-round, and was absolutely delighted to get to try this tasty pink wine in the spring...

2013 M. Chapoutier Belleruche Rosé
Côtes du Rhône, France
Grenache & Syrah
$8, 13% abv.

Light aromas of tart raspberry with flavors that follow, including a burst of lemony acidity. Round mouthfeel with a beautiful salmon color and a long, tart finish. Incredible bargain and highly recommended. I had some very specific ideas about what sort of meal I would pair with this wine.

Spring has not entirely arrived here in my dear River City, something that brings me much joy. We had a few warm days last week but thankfully it's dipping down near freezing at night. However, I acknowledge the longer days and greening of the foliage with a proper Provençal lunch: stuffed clams, asparagus tips, and grilled lamb chops. Such a delicious pairing with this rosé and one that I hope you will enjoy at your own table.

Note: This wine was provided as a sample for review.

5 comments:

Paul M. Jones said...

Bella-ROUCHE

Ben Carter said...

Paul,

It is entirely possible that she got some choice trimmings of lamb fat before I grilled the chops.

Cheers,
Ben

Allen said...

Nice presentation.

Ben Carter said...

Dad,

Thanks! Nice way to welcome spring even if the weather isn't fully cooperating.

Cheers,
Ben

Alvin McGuires said...

Wow! Perfect choice of wine. It really impress your friends and loved ones with a dinner party with perfect food and fantastic presentation.