COTES DU RHONE – CHAPOUTIER BELLERUCHE 2018
The French don’t have Chateaubriand every night with their wine – and we don’t either, so we did our home made chilli to have with a little Cote du Rhone.
This one seems a little softer and lighter than some, which was a bit of a surprise considering the 14% alcohol content. But that also, generally, means that you can put it down for a few years to savour in the future.
James Suckling says “bright, simple and easygoing style” We agree.
The anticipated blend of Syrah and Grenache but the % of each we don’t know.
Soil is made up of several major types of terroirs including pebbly clay soils, soils with layers of stones, stony clay terraces, and stony, silty-sand… All these soils provide the vine with a constant water supply and, at night, release the heat stored up by the pebbles during the day.