The 2011 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche (also mostly Grenache) offers lots of pepper and kirsch liqueur along with medium body, good purity and a naked style. I did not review the two rose offerings from the Southern Rhone in issue 203, but both are excellent. Rose drinking season in the Mid-Atlantic and northeast regions is largely shut down until warm weather returns next spring. People in other, warmer climates of our country can still enjoy these wines.
Jeb Dunuck (The Rhone Report): 85
Provencal in style, with a light pink/salmon color, the 2011 Belleruche Rose has light strawberry, herbs de Provence, and orange blossom like aromas and flavor to do with a light bodied, quaffable palate. A good rose, it should drink well over the coming summer months.
Jeb Dunuck (The Rhone Report): 88
Slightly deeper in color, with more fruit, purity, and freshness, the 2012 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Rhône Belleruche Rose is loaded with juicy cherry, melon, spice aromas and flavors. Made in an upfront, pure, and clean style, with more fruit than a typical Provencal styled effort, yet still classy and fresh, it should be consumed over the coming year or two.