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History

Michel Chapoutier is one of the most highly regarded winemakers in France. Since taking over his family firm in 1990 at age 26, Michel Chapoutier has transformed the winery into the leading Rhône Valley producer. He combines the modern and the traditional: crusading for biodynamic winemaking, while expanding operations around the globe and experimenting with cutting edge winemaking techniques.

 

This restless energy and unconditional commitment to quality has produced tremendous success. In 2003 alone, Maison M. Chapoutier's wines garnered no less than 88 ratings of 90+ points as well as broad acclaim from the most widely regarded publications including The Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, International Wine Cellar, Wine & Spirits, and Wine Enthusiast. In the last three years, Robert Parker has awarded five of Michel Chapoutier's wines perfect 100 point scores.

"Michel Chapoutier's enthusiasm and commitment to exceptional, naturally made wines is a winemaking triumph, as well as a clear victory for all who care about the quality of wine"
~ Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate

 

M. Chapoutier's roots in the Rhône date back to 1808, when the family first settled in Tain l'Hermitage from the Ardèche Mountains.

The family purchased a winery owned by Comte Monier de la Sizeranne and over time, acquired a number of excellent vineyards - including some of the oldest in France. M. Chapoutier became one of the most important names in the prestigious Hermitage, Côte Rôtie and Châteuneuf-du-Pape appellations.

 


It was Michel Chapoutier's grandfather who ignited a passion for winemaking and a commitment to quality in his young grandson, inspiring Michel to leave Tain to study oenology at one of France's best winemaking schools, subsequently landing him winemaking internships in California. In 1987, Michel returned to Tain l'Hermitage and discovered that the family's winery was languishing - his father's wines weren't selling and the family firm was in danger of bankruptcy.

 

In 1989, a close mutual friend of Anthony Terlato, Chairman and CEO of Terlato Wines International, insisted that he visit the M. Chapoutier winery to meet Michel, who was 25 years of age at the time. Although Terlato's schedule was overburdened, he agreed to make the trip because he remembered the quality of the M. Chapoutier wines he had tasted in the 1950s in his father's retail shop. For hours they talked, tasting wines from Michel's grandfather as well as some barrel samples from 1989 the first vintage vinified entirely by Michel.

 

"I met a winemaker who I think is an absolute genius," Terlato told his son by telephone. "He may revolutionize how vineyards are treated with something called biodynamic farming. He's brilliant and only 25 years old. We are going to be selling some great Rhône wines." Upon learning of the firm's tight financial situation, Terlato agreed to pay in advance for the 1989 vintage, permitting Michel to take full control over winemaking and providing him the capital needed to upgrade Michel's winemaking program.

 

Under Michel's leadership, dramatic changes brought world acclaim to his wines. He pruned back the vineyards and boldly reduced yields from 35 or more hectoliters per hectare (2.6 tons per acre) to 25 hectoliters per hectare (1.8 tons per acre) for both red and white wines. Michel went further, launching a crusade against chemicals, fertilizers and sprays. He adopted biodynamic and organic farming techniques in his estate vineyards, harvesting grapes by hand and using only natural yeasts to produce unfiltered wines.

 

Today, M. Chapoutier is the only producer to own vineyards in all of the major Rhône appellations. With Michel's guidance, the family firm has become the benchmark Rhône wine producer.

"In this short period, Michel Chapoutier has amassed a record of unprecedented achievement …he is one of the most influential wine personalities of the last 20 years."
~ Robert Parker Jr.

 

They were appreciated as early on as Roman times when they were enjoyed (as well as Côte Rotie wines) under the name of " Vienne wines "and were later to be called " Saint Christopher's hillside wines " because of a chapel there bearing the saint's name. They were also to be known of as " Tournon wines ". 

The name of Hermitage probably first appeared in the XVIIth Century in memory of Henry Gaspard, a knight from Stérimberg : who having come back from the Crusades (in the XIIIth Century) and tired of waging war, lived as a hermite on a hillside which had been given to him by Anne of Castille,Queen of Spain.

There he planted a vineyard. Alexander Dumas as well as the Tsar Nicholas II are among the many connoisseurs of this particularly highly estimated wine.

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Vineyards

395 acres of the top appellations of the Rhône Valley, including Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Condrieu, Saint Joseph, Côte Rôtie, Cornas, Condrieu, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and Gigondas. Chapoutier is the only landowner in the area to own vineyards in all major appellations.

 

Two words adding up to an essential value: bio, as in life, and dynamics, for action.
For its own vines Maison M. Chapoutier has adopted biodynamic farming techniques. This demanding approach is backed by a genuine conviction and a fierce determination to allow the earth to live and express itself. Making AoC wines principally means giving full expression to a terroir (soil, climate, people). This process, transforming mineral potential into plant life, can only occur on a vibrant terroir, capable of transmitting its vitality and energy.

 

“Allowing the terroir to have its say, means letting the soil and especially the vintage express themselves. This integrity must not be corrected.” This sums up the goal pursued by Maison M. Chapoutier. As each vintage reflects the climate over the whole year, Maison M. Chapoutier has deliberately chosen to avoid establishing a house taste, a set style.

 

Its overall approach is subordinated to terroir, and the organoleptic differences between each vintage. On the other hand, there is a constant desire to highlight differences, bringing out specific nuances in the flavour particular to a terroir or a wine.
In keeping with the AoC ethos. The aim is to achieve the greatest refinement, a crescendo effect, from fragrance, through flavour, to lingering aftertaste, exemplified by subtle wines particularly well matched to good food, some simple, others more refined.

 

Since 1996 all Chapoutier labels have been marked in Braille.

This is also a tribute to Maurice Monier of La Sizeranne, a member of the family that previously owned the vines of the same name and who invented the first abbreviated version of Braille. He also founded the Valentin Houï Association.

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Winemaking

The single vineyard wines, or Sélections Parcellaires, of Michel Chapoutier have earned the position of reference points for the Rhône's finest appellations. While no formal hierarchical cru system exists in the Rhône, among producers, one has been in place for several generations. Vineyards names, or lieux-dits (named places) have been established over time, some officially and some through traditional usage. As the great growers have paid more attention to the unique character of their individual vineyard sites, they have been able to elevate a series of unique wines of place. Maison M. Chapoutier has been at the forefront of this movement with its Sélections Parcellaires, rare wines that have become the highest expressions of each its appellations.

 

Michel has elevated these parcels to an unofficial "grand cru" range. The quality of his wines result not only from his vineyard holdings, but also from his dedication to farming them according to a biodynamic viticultural philosophy that emphasizes extremely low yields, resulting in the ideal expression of soil character for each vineyard. The success of his efforts can be found in his offerings from the finest vineyard sites from the Northern and Southern Rhône.

 

 

With only 100 to 700 cases produced annually, these rare wines grown on ancient vines with minuscule yields include wines from the classic Southern Rhône appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The sublime Barbe Rac, grown from a vineyard planted in 1901 has an aging potential of over 80 years. In the Northern Rhône, the magnificent Ermite Rouge from ancient vines located at the top of the Hermitage Hill has an aging potential of over 100 years. The Mordorée, from Côte Rôtie, is grown on the oldest vines on the steep terraced vineyard located in Côte Brune and Côte Blonde above Ampuis. Reference point wines for each of their appellations, the Sélections Parcellaires of Maison M. Chapoutier are among the greatest red and white wines produced in the world.

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22 different wines with 63 vintages

Winemaking since 1808

  • Michel Chapoutier

    Owner
    “Fac et Spera” – do and hope – says it all."

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  M. Chapoutier . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Memorable dinner at Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka, the first and only Teppanyaki restaurant in Europe awarded with a Michelin star with wines like Bouchard Montrachet 2014,  Dom Perignon P2 Rosé 1996 etc..highly recommend!

1m 9d ago

 Erika Pakkanen, Wine Lover (Monaco)  tasted  11 wines  from  M. Chapoutier . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Great tasting at the M.Chapoutier.

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  M. Chapoutier . In a tasting of  10 wines 

Yesterday we had the final of The Wine of the Decade 2000's-Rhône tasting in Tain-L' Hermitage. Here is my TOP 10 wines - Guigal dominated it with four wines.

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 Chris May / Wine Dealer, Pro (Netherlands)  tasted  1 wines  from  M. Chapoutier . In a tasting of  33 wines 

“Some of the greates wines I have tasted during 2016.”

1y 17d ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  M. Chapoutier . In a tasting of  24 wines 

“The Coche snapped, crackled and popped out of the glass with a super toasty nose, full of kernel, white earth and baked Indian breads. There was a lot of nut oil, and yellow and white fruits underneath. It had the classic, honeyed, kinky and musky Coche sex appeal, although our host found it 'a bit too fat.' The palate was smooth, rich and, indeed, fat, fat enough to bury its acidity despite a lot of slate and mineral expressions on its finish. 'Coconut' was observed and 'a touch of botrytis,' along with 'fig and sesame.' This was an unbelievably hedonistic Coche; my only question about it was its seeming lack of backside depth. Was it immature hibernation or is this a more upfront vintage of Coche? Based on rumors of the winery's infatuation with this vintage, I would have to think it is the prior ”

1y 7m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  4 wines  from  M. Chapoutier . In a tasting of  30 wines 

“My notes started out with the universally accepted .Ooooooooooooo, plus or minus an o or two. This was very nutty in the nose, in an oily way this time, and was very rich and almost creamy. The palate was enormous, especially the concentration of fruit. The oily texture of the fruit was amazing and really left an impression. The nose got more and more complex, and the wine had great t .n a. The palate was .so f.ing delicious,. I put. Sometimes, less is more when it comes to the pen. It was beefy and oily with traces of toasted brown sugar. Yum - 97 points Bruno Giacosa Le Rocche del Falletto 1990.”

1y 8m ago

 Toshi Nakamoto, Sommelier (Japan)  tasted  1 wines  from  M. Chapoutier . In a tasting of  12 wines 

“Colgin IX Proprietary Red Estate 2010 / Full 100 points / An intense, purplish ruby red colour. Extremely concentrated and stylish spicy nose, dominated by oak. Notes of ripe blackcurrant, fruitcake and coffee. Big and sophisticated structure comprised of medium acids, strong powdery ripe tannins and ripe berry. Long finish with undertones of spicy aromas, chocolate and coffee. Highly integrated alcohol in the mid-palate emphasised almost to the point of distraction at the close. All in all, an elegant vintage, with excellent tannic and acid structure. The current lack of intensive fruitiness means there is not a great deal of hope for long maturation potential. The wine's freshness does not do justice to the wine just yet, though. This beauty will improve within a few years and reach its perfection in an estimated ten years. ”

1y 11m ago

 Jason Lee / Sommelier, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  M. Chapoutier . In a tasting of  34 wines 

“A great wine month: Dominus 2012 was one of the best together with La Mission 2010 vintage.”

2y 2m ago

 Jason Lee / Sommelier, Pro (China)  tasted  2 wines  from  M. Chapoutier . In a tasting of  26 wines 

“Dominus 2012 is the best Dominus I have ever had!”

2y 3m ago

 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  M. Chapoutier . In a tasting of  15 wines 

“A group of us got together for a friend's birthday – a major one – raided a few cellars. ”

2y 4m ago

 Ray Thomsen, Wine Writer (Switzerland)  tasted  1 wines  from  M. Chapoutier . In a tasting of  19 wines 


1990 La Tâche, Domaine de la Romanée Conti
This wine is to die for, I clapped enthusiastically in my hands and horned the bottle. Of La Tâche 1990 is created on another planet - the Burgundian star dust, but this was perfect. Summer strawberries, grenadine, campari, and soybeans, pipe tobacco are one of the things written on the nose business card, but the taste is light bloom inculcation of the tongue, indicating greatness. It affects the sensory nerves as horseradish and feels like old-fashioned blockbuster. 99 + points

2y 7m ago

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