Summer of Rosé: M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé

“Summer of what?” You ask. Rosé. Duh. My goal is to provide you, my dear readers, with a new rosé to seek out and try. Hence, the title…Summer of Rosé.

I will forewarn you, some of the wines are only available through the tasting rooms. I will do my best to provide you with the information necessary to order these wines.

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

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. It looks as though our flight to Lyon is going to be smooth sailing. The flight attendants tell me that there are some wonderful wines from the Rhône region, so sit back and enjoy.”

If you’re looking for the perfect wine to pair with the heavenly-being-of-your-choice-awful hot day, then this is it. The M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé is one that should be in your summer repertoire. This wine is widely available but it drinks as if it was a small production wine. I picked this wine up for $11.99 at my local Target. Seriously. If you are of the mindset that mass retailers such as Target only have critter wines, please, do me a favor…take five minutes and peruse the wine aisle the next time you’re there to pick up frickin’ toilet paper (because honestly, who hasn’t gone to Target for a TP run????). You will be pleasantly surprised that there are a few gems in those big box stores. The M. Chapoutier is one of those gems.

A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, this is a visually pleasing wine. It’s pale salmon hue intrigues, while the elegant label makes you think you’re getting something at a much higher price point. On the nose, there are notes of currant, raspberries and tart cherries. The notes from the nose carry through to the palate and there is a pleasing, puckering acidity on the back palate that leaves you wanting more.

The food recommendations for this wine are endless. From roast chicken with herbs to barbecue…this wine is versatile, won’t break the bank and well worth seeking out.

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