Jeb Dunnuck 89
"The Belleruche cuvee has been on a qualitative roll over the past few years, and the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche is no exception. Classic notes of black raspberries, wild strawberries, spice, and pepper give way to a supple, textured, balanced and undeniably delicious red that’s ideal for drinking over the coming 2-4 years."
Wine Enthusiast 89
"Plush, plummy red-cherry and berry flavors mingle into smokier tones of anise and earth in this full-bodied red. It’s approachably ripe yet crisply balanced, with a finish marked by firm, velvet-edged tannins."
Wine Spectator 88
"Fresh and forward, with a blast of dark cherry and plum skin flavors laced with violet and lavender notes. Lightly dusty tannins carry the finish. Drink now through 2019. Tasted twice, with consistent notes."
James Suckling 88
"A simple, vibrant and deeply-fruited blackberry and cherry wine with smooth, fine and even-paced tannins. Good value. Drink now."
Garnet red in color, this wine emits aromas of red fruits such as morello cherries and spices of licorice and grey pepper. In the mouth this wine has a great structure with firm and silky tannins.
M. ChapoutierView all from M. Chapoutier
No name is more closely associated with the greatness of the Rhone valley than M. Chapoutier.
The history of the Chapoutier family stretches back to the early nineteenth century when current owner Michel Chapoutier's great-, great-, great-grandfather Marius purchased an estate and some vineyards in the now famous village of Tain l'Hermitage in the Northern Rhône Valley. Marius Chapoutier made history in the region when he became the first grape grower there to vinify his own fruit. Marius had tasted wines other winemakers produced using his fruit and he realized that something was lost in translation, so to speak. He knew that he owned some of the best growing sites in the appellation and he believed -- rightly -- that the grapes grown in his vineyards could produce long-lived world-class wines. In a move unusual at the time, he decided that he should make the wine himself. Not only did the quality of the wines increase greatly, but this move provided the capital to expand the Chapoutiers' already legendary estate.
A visionary and pioneer in biodynamic winemaking, his restless energy and unconditional commitment to quality have produced tremendous success, with the most 90+ point ratings of all Rhône producers and 16 "100 point" rated wines.