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M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2010

by Nannette Eaton on August 25, 2011


“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” — Russell Baker 


Deep in the heat of summer, when the air is so hot you can see it rippling in waves and the lifeforce is being drained out of your body, you seek succor – in the shade, in the water, wherever you can find shelter and relief from the suffering of summer. Wine Harlots find solace in the cellar – well more often than not, in the bottle. If you too need nothing more than a good drink to obliviate the oppessive heat, here’s a elegant solution. M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2010 is pale yellow, almost the color of the over-baked air, with nuanced green apples and citrus with mineral notes, refreshing and soothing at the same time. If you’re up for eating in the heat, the perfect pairing is a Summer Quiche. Bake it in the cool of the morning, and it’ll waiting for your enjoyment in the evening. The music match is the album Hôtel Costes, Vol. 9 compiled and mixed by Stéphane Pompougnac.

The details: 13.5% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Côtes-du-Rhône. Varietal: mostly grenache blanc, clairette and bourboulenc. Suggested retail $13 USD. Imported by Terlato Wines International. This was a media sample provided by Terlato.