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WINE OF THE MONTH MAY 2016
’15 Chapoutier Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche Rosé
Rosé season is upon us! Rosé is fantastic to drink year round, but it really comes into its own during the freshness of springtime. Rosés are fashionable, quite tasty and pair well with a variety of food. If you ever have a tough time pairing food with a wine, it probably will go well with Rosé.
First, let’s start the story straight about what we’re talking about. Rosé is a dry wine made with red grapes but the skin of the grape only touches the wine for a very short period producing a blush colored wine. If you’re expecting sweet white zinfandel, you’re in for a disappointment as true Rosés are not chock full of residual sugar. They look pink but if you close your eyes you swear you are drinking a chilled, light bodied red wine.
Rosés are made from all different grapes from all over the world but I thoroughly enjoy the South of France Rosés made predominately with Grenache and Syrah. They have a gorgeous light pink color, notes of melons and rose petals, and are super refreshing on a hot day.
We just got in a Rosé from one of the top winemakers in France, Michel Chapoutier. The 2015 Chapoutier Belleruche Rosé is from the Côtes-du-Rhône and is a 3 grape blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Cinsault. It has a beautiful pale salmon color, aromas of raspberries and cherries and tastes lively and fresh in the mouth. Try this wine at your next barbeque and you’ll be impressed at all the positive comments you get.
The Chapoutier Belleruch Rosé is available in our Wine Shoppe for $9.99 (A STEAL!). Think Paris in the spring!