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2020 M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rouge

The history of the Chapoutier family stretches back to the early nineteenth century when current owner Michel Chapoutier's great-, great-, great-grandfather Marius purchased an estate and some vineyards in the now famous village of Tain l'Hermitage, in the Northern Rhône Valley. Marius Chapoutier made history in the region when he became the first grape grower there to vinify his own fruit. Marius had tasted wines other winemakers produced using his fruit and he realized that something was lost. He knew that he owned some of the best growing sites in the appellation and he believed that the grapes grown in his vineyards could produce long-lived, world-class wines. In a move considered unusual at the time, he decided that he should make the wine himself.

A visionary and pioneer in biodynamic winemaking, his restless energy and unconditional commitment to quality have produced tremendous success, with the most 90+ point ratings of all Rhône producers and 16 "100 point" rated wines. No name is more closely associated with the greatness of the Rhone valley than Chapoutier. An amazing achievement!

A blend of Grenache and Syrah, the wine is a deep ruby red in color. The aromas are intense, showing red fruit, raspberry, red currant and a hint of pepper and spice. The palate has body, straight forward juicy fruit and the right amount of acidity giving the wine balance. The tannins are slightly dry but remain delicate and silky through to the finish. Drink now and enjoy the wonderful value from this well-made Cotes-du-Rhone.

By Perry Miroballi

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