The 2015 M. Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes-Du-Rhone Rose’  has 13,5% alcohol, the maximum for a Rose’, cost under $15, and has peaked at three years. Strawberry  and red cherry aromas rise with some floral notes. The wine scored 15+ points on the Dionysian scale of 20.


The wine was fresher last year, but held together well. I’ve had some Rose’ wines at nine, even ten years old, but the little added complexity is not worth the wait. Drink Rose’ as soon as you buy it. I get three different cases each April for summer drinking.

The Belleruche is always a good buy and a fine food wine.


We had the Cotes-Du-Rhone with Cod done with yellow tomato, lemon, orange, cappers, black olives , scallions, corn, and spinach. The wine highlighted each flavor.

I should mention that I drink Rose all year long as an opening wine, or as one of three with a meal.  I consume the ones from Provence the most. In Vino Veritas.