M. Chapoutier Belleruche Blanc After My Sick Week

My Sick Week

Yep. This is a good representation of my last week.  My temperature hit 103.  I made several trips to the doctor.  And, nary a drop of wine was drunk

Finally Some Improvement
Antibiotics can be a wondrous thing.  Within twelve hours of my first dose, things began to improve.

So, What’s A Recovering Girl to Drink?
A wine with a good comfort factor was in order.  I wanted nothing too big, over-the-top in fruit or acidity; Just a pleasant, balanced wine to savor.  I chose the M. Chapoutier Belleruche Blanc.

The WOW!
The Belleruche Blanc is a combo featuring mostly Grenache Blanc.  This grape, found extensively in France’s Rhone Valley, is used most often for blending.  It makes frequent appearances in the famous red blend, Chateauneuf-du-Pape as a bringer of lift and crispness. Here, it is the backbone of the wine, blended with the lesser-known grapes, Clairette, and Bourboulenc. 

The pale golden color hints at a delicate nature.  The nose shows lots of minerality with a balance of tropical fruits.

On the palate there is more of the mineral quality along with crisp green apple and a hint of peach and melon.  My palate was a bit compromised, due to the aforementioned health issues.  Yet, on a sunny afternoon, amid buzzing bees on blooming flowers, and alongside a plate of cheeses, the Belleruche Blanc brought refreshing coolness, and a rejuvenating clean, pleasant experience.


The Final Word
M. Chapoutier Belleruche Blanc was just what the Dr. ordered!

About the author: Sue Navratil

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