With a 200-year history, wines from all corners of the Rhône and supreme quality throughout, Michel Chapoutier is the king of the Rhône Valley. In fact, earlier this year Chapoutier was…

With a 200-year history, wines from all corners of the Rhône and supreme quality throughout, Michel Chapoutier is the king of the Rhône Valley. In fact, earlier this year Chapoutier was voted the world’s most admired French wine brand.

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Michel’s portfolio consists of everything from large-scale Côtes du Rhône through to single-vineyard, 100-point Hermitage. Not only is he the largest Hermitage Hill land holder, but he is also the president of France’s largest appellation: AOC Côtes du Rhône.

Organic and biodynamic farming principles, together with traditional winemaking in top appellations, produce structured wines with long ageing potential. The wines tend to be generous, but each one speaks of its terroir and shows immaculate balance.

We offer 2 exquisite packs from the south and north of the Rhône Valley, focusing on 6 of the region’s famous appellations.

View our full list of Chapoutier wines here. Receive a 10% discount (excluding Sélections Parcellaires) for the next week only.

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Appellations: 

Rasteau
This is a young appellation that offers exceptional value for money. Mainly Grenache, but Syrah plays an important role and the wines tend to show a wild, nervy edge.

Châteauneuf du Pape 
France’s oldest appellation is famous for powerful and structured Grenache-based wines. They tend to be riper and denser than those from neighbouring appellations.

Gigondas
Gigondas is similar to Châteauneuf du Pape, although there is a sense of minerailty and red fruits, with perhaps less structure.

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Appellations:

Hermitage 
This appellation boasts some of the rockiest and steepest slopes in the Rhône, with the best exposure to the sun. Both the Syrah and the Marsanne (for whites) are extremely rich, powerful wines with towering structure.

Crôzes Hermitage 
Sandy soils generally mean fruitier wines with a peppery edge. These can be consumed relatively early, although the best wines from good vintages age very well.

Cornas 
This is a very small but upcoming appellation from the southern end of the Northern Rhône. Syrah here is impressively pure, but very tannic and savoury from the rocky soils.

Tasting notes:

Chapoutier Gigondas 2014
The 2014 Gigondas was smokin’ good. Offering of classic Gigondas spice-box, pepper and garrigue, it’s medium to full-bodied, and has plenty of fruit through the mid-palate and fine tannin. I don’t think it’s a long term prospect though; I would enjoy bottles over the coming 5-6 years. – Wine Advocate, 90 points

Chapoutier Rasteau 2014
The 2014 Rasteau is a good wine from an appellation that struggled in 2014. Chocolate, dusty earth, wild herbs and dark berry fruits give way to a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and textured red that will drink nicely for 5-6 years. It’s one of the better wines from Rasteau. – Wine Advocate, 87-89 points

Chapoutier Châteauneuf du Pape La Bernardine 2012
Looking at the 2012s from barrel, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernardine is a step up from the 2011 and exhibits gorgeously perfumed aromas of cherry blossoms, crushed flowers, incense and assorted berry-styled fruits on both the nose and palate. A medium to full-bodied 2012, with a supple, finesse-driven style and terrific purity of fruit, it has loads of charm and will drink nicely for 8-10 years. Drink now-2022.  – Wine Advocate, 89-91 points

Chapoutier Hermitage Sizeranne Rouge 2011
Moving to the reds, the 2011 Ermitage Monier de la Sizeranne doesn’t pull any punches and dishes up sexy, voluptuous levels of black cherries, raspberry, spice, dusty rock and crushed flowers. Medium to full-bodied, textured and with low acidity, it is distinctly delicious and hard to resist. – Wine Advocate, 92 points

Chapoutier Crôzes Hermitage Les Varonniers 2013 
The 2013 Crozes Hermitage les Varonniers is more juicy, fresh and acid-driven, with lots of minerality in its juicy berry fruits and subtle floral notes. There’s good texture here, but the acid/fruit balance will be something to watch. – Wine Advocate, 93 points

Chapoutier Hermitage Chante Alouette 2014
A year in, year out blockbuster, the 2014 Hermitage Chante-Alouette comes from a mix of parcels on Hermitage hill and is 100% Marsanne; it spent ten months in 65% demi-muids (two- and three-year-old barrels) and 35% stainless steel tanks. Offering fabulous notes of buttered citrus, honeysuckle and a hint of pineapple, this medium to full-bodied, incredibly pure, elegant and seamless beauty opens up nicely with time in the glass, has building richness and a rock star finish. Don’t miss it. – Wine Advocate, 94 points

Chapoutier Cornas Les Arènes 2013
Showing the wild, savory and mineral-style of the appellation, the 2013 Cornas les Arenes sports an inky purple color to go with medium to full-bodied richness, excellent purity and lots of jammy black fruits, crushed rock and leather. It will have 10-12 years of longevity. – Wine Advocate, 90 points

 

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