12 May M. Chapoutier “Belleruche” Rosé
winery: M. Chapoutier “Belleruche” rosé
grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault
Our increased stock of rosé on the W+M shelves mean that the warm weather is here for the season. First, let’s get one thing clear: rosé is NOT sweet! (Blushes are, but that’s another story.) A true rosé is refreshing, crisp and clean, with notes of red berries, stone fruit, citrus peel and maybe an herbal aromatic – but – you won’t find any sugar in these refreshers. Pretty much any pink wine you’ll find originating from France, Italy and Spain will be dry. (“Dry” means the absence of sugar.) If you’re unsure about the sugar level in an American pink wine, just ask a wine specialist. Regardless of provenance, Wine + Market does not carry any sweet blushes – only dry rosés.
This particular rosé is always a summer time top-seller. It’s produced by Frenchman Michel Chapoutier, who is famed for the outstanding wines he produces in France’s Rhône Valley. In the southern portion of the valley (see map below), he produces multiple wines ranging from inexpensive everyday drinkers to collectable age-worthy juice. In the northern Rhône he produces world-class reds from the Syrah grape, and whites from the Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier grapes. In 1997, he established additional vineyards in Victoria, Australia, where he continued to work with these same famous grapes. (One of his Australian wines was featured in March’s wine club.)
As a side note, you’ll notice this this label is printed in Braille. The story goes that, in 1993, a blind French singer named Gilbert Montagné told his friend (Michel Chapoutier) about his difficulties in picking out wine in wine shops. Ever since 1996, all of Chapoutier’s wines have included the wine’s vintage, appellation and color in Braille.
Pair the Belleruche rosé with patios, picnics, summer time parties, seafood, salads and salamis!