Belleruche Cotes-du-Rhone 2008

Wine: Belleruche Cotes-du-Rhone 2008

Price: $11.99 (on sale from $14.99)

Region: Rhone Valley, France

Grape Variety: 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah

Purchased: Haskell’s Wine & Spirits, Burnsville, MN

The impetus for purchasing this bottle of wine actually came because I wanted to buy a corkscrew.  We have plenty of wine in the cellar, but I needed to purchase an opener for a gift, so I stopped at our newest wine retailer in Burnsville, Haskell’s Wine & Spirits.  I’d shopped several of their locations in other parts of the Twin Cities, but this was my first foray into their Burnsville store.  Wow, what a great idea!  I’ve never liked their practice of overloading the aisles with cases of wine, and forcing you to navigate around all of the other hapless shoppers.  Not here.  This store was very nice, with the wines organized by region and country and plenty of space to browse and enjoy.  The prices were very comparable, and I’ll definitely be back.  Well done!

On to the wine.  As I toured the wine shop, I saw this bottle and decided to take a chance.  We’ve sampled several such bottles in the past, and I immediately had visions of enjoying this bottle with a meal of roasted chicken.  I’m not sure where that picture came from, it definitely started me on a mission.  More on that later.

This was a simple wine, not terribly complex at all.  Cath probably was a little tired watching me with my nose in the glass, but I worked for a long while to determine exactly what I was experiencing.  It was bright and fruity, and after a while I realized that I was getting vanilla.  I don’t recall having that sensation before, but it was good.  Different, but good.  The flavor of the wine was similarly fruity, and entirely enjoyable.  The finish was of a medium length, and very smooth.  We did drink this bottle with a meal of roasted chicken with earthy root vegetables, and the combination was outstanding.  I could honestly go back for this one on a weekly basis and be quite happy.

This was a spur-of-the moment purchase of an inexpensive wine which turned out quite well.  I learned about a wonderful wine shop and a great new wine!


2 Responses to Belleruche Cotes-du-Rhone 2008

  1. The Smith's says:

    ohh i shall pair this with your chicken and we have perfect meal for next week

  2. cathincolor says:

    I love when you find those good deals! Hope you get inspired some more!

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