Chapoutier

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CHAPOUTIER: THE IMPORTANCE

Chapoutier has received more perfect 100 point scores from Robert Parker than any other winery, leading to Robert Parker saying that: “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.” Parker has also described Michel Chapoutier as “the world’s leading irreverent genius in winemaking and winemaking philosophy.” This has made Maison M. Chapoutier’s wines, alongside those of Etienne Guigal, some of the, if not the, most sought after wines from the Rhône Valley.

In 2016, Chapoutier was named the most admired French wine brand by Drinks International. Topping this annual list, put together by over 200 Masters of Wine, sommeliers, teachers and journalists, demonstrates the continuous improvement of quality, reflection of terroir and global appeal attained by this winery.

 

CHAPOUTIER: THE INSIGHT

Although they produce a large range of classic wines that are perfect for immediate drinking, it is their finest wines, the téte de cuvées, also known as Sélections Parcellaires or Single Vineyard Selections, which should be on every collector’s radars. These terroir-driven wines have the ability to age for several decades and hail from single plots of 50-100 year old vines in Côte-Rôtie (La Mordorée), Crozes-Hermitage (Les Varonniers), Hermitage or Ermitage as they call it (De l’Orée, L’Ermite, Le Méal, Le Pavillon, Les Greffieux and a sweet wine called Vin de Paille), Saint-Joseph (Le Clos and Les Granits) and Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Barbe Rac and Croix de Bois). These always high-scoring wines are the embodiment of terroir and are only produced in the hundreds of cases. So high is the demand for them that Chapoutier have started to release them En Primeur.

Due to Chapoutier’s attention to detail, the quality of their wine is extremely high even in lesser vintages. However, in exceptional vintages they truly excel. 2015, 2013 and 2010 were strong in both Northern and Southern Rhône, 2009, 2003 and 1999 offer excellent quality in the North as do 2007, 2001, 2000 and 1998 in the South. 1990, 1961 and 1947 have been described as legendary.

For those looking for something off-the-beaten-track, the hotly-tipped Bila-Haut wines from Roussillon demonstrate what a master of finding and exploiting terroir Michel Chapoutier is.

 

CHAPOUTIER: THE BACKGROUND

Maison M. Chapoutier is one of the undisputed elite of Rhône wine, if not the world. Based in Tain l’Hermitage, this winery and négociant business produces over seven million bottles of wine a year from the very southern extent of the Rhône Valley, through Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras and up to the major appellations of the Northern Rhône. And it is here in the Northern Rhone that it makes its most famous wines; Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie.

Although this is a family-owned winery that is able to trace its roots within the region back through seven generations to 1808, it is not stuck in the mire of tradition and history. As its motto: “fac et spera” - which translates as do and hope - suggests, the focus is very much on innovation, modernity and the unorthodox.

Michel Chapoutier took control of the family business in 1988 and the quality of the wines produced skyrocketed. He has pushed his preference for single varietal wines, championed Rhône whites, introduced complete destemming before fermentation, converted all of the estate’s vineyards to biodynamic farming, reduced manipulation in the winery by avoiding acidification, filtration, fining and over-oaking and introduced braille labelling.

Not satisfied with that, Michel’s penchant for Champagne has driven him to produce one in collaboration with Devaux. This incredibly prolific man and team also own estates in Alsace, Roussillon, Australia and Portugal, as well as collaborating with French multiple Michelin star chefs Anne-Sophie Pic in Saint-Péray and the surrounding area (see Pic & Chapoutier) and Yannick Alléno in Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage, and Michel has even expressed a desire to make wine in the UK.

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2013 Chateauneuf du Pape Chapoutier Rhone

2013 Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone

£601.00
£301.00

2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Chapoutier Rhone

2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone

£605.00
£303.00
£53.00

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Chapoutier Rhone

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone

£605.00
£103.00

2014 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

£721.00
£721.00

2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

95.0

2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

95.0
£477.00
£239.00

2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

92.25

2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

92.25
£457.00
£457.00
£229.00
£41.00

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

95.25

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

95.25
£968.00
£163.00

2008 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

94.0

2008 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

94.0
£428.00
£428.00
£215.00
£74.00

2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

98.0

2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

98.0
£1,019.00
£1,019.00
£509.00
£87.00
£713.00

2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

94.0

2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

94.0
£1,030.00
DP £515.00
£1,030.00
£173.00

2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

96.0

2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

96.0
£766.00
£129.00

2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

£561.00
£561.00

2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

94.0

2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

94.0
£593.00
£297.00
£52.00

1999 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

92.0

1999 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

92.0
£814.00
DP £407.00
£814.00

1998 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

96.0

1998 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

96.0
£1,224.00
£1,224.00
£206.00

1997 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

87.5

1997 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

87.5
£587.00
£587.00
£52.00

1996 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

90.0

1996 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

90.0
£339.00
DP £31.00

1995 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

1995 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

£1,235.00
£105.00

1994 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

1994 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

£545.00
NEW
£93.00

1992 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

1992 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

£629.00
£315.00
DP £55.00

2014 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

£599.00
£599.00

2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

94.0

2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

94.0
£443.00
£222.00
£40.00

2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

92.0

2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

92.0
£397.00
£397.00
£200.00
£36.00

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

93.5

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

93.5
£853.00
£853.00
£427.00

2008 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

2008 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

£348.00
£348.00

2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

96.0

2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

96.0
£569.00
£285.00
DP £50.00

2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

95.0

2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

95.0
£629.00
DP £315.00
£645.00
£55.00
£217.00

2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

£874.00
£874.00

2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

94.0

2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

94.0
£737.00
£369.00
£64.00

2000 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

94.0

2000 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

94.0
£473.00
DP £42.00

1999 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

91.0

1999 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

91.0
£946.00
DP £473.00

1998 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

94.0

1998 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

94.0
£473.00
DP £42.00

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Chapoutier Rhone

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Rhone

£321.00
DP £321.00

2007 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Chapoutier Rhone

2007 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Rhone

£376.00
DP £376.00
DP £35.00

2004 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Chapoutier Rhone

2004 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Rhone

£207.00
DP £20.00

2000 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Chapoutier Rhone

2000 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Rhone

£279.00
£26.00

1997 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Chapoutier Rhone

1997 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Rhone

£339.00
DP £31.00

1996 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Chapoutier Rhone

1996 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Rhone

£315.00
DP £29.00

2014 Condrieu Invitare Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Condrieu Invitare Rhone

£333.00
£333.00

2010 Condrieu Invitare Chapoutier Rhone

89.0

2010 Condrieu Invitare Rhone

89.0
£363.00
£33.00

2005 Condrieu Invitare Chapoutier Rhone

2005 Condrieu Invitare Rhone

£375.00
NEW
£189.00

2008 Cornas Les Arenes Chapoutier Rhone

86.0

2008 Cornas Les Arenes Rhone

86.0
£153.00
£153.00
£16.00

2014 Cote Rotie Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Cote Rotie Rhone

£910.00
£455.00
£153.00

1997 Cote Rotie Chapoutier Rhone

1997 Cote Rotie Rhone

£665.00
DP £58.00

2015 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

2015 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

£1,211.00
£1,211.00
£605.00

2013 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

94.0

2013 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

94.0
£1,090.00
£1,090.00
£545.00
£93.00
£183.00

2012 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

97.0

2012 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

97.0
£784.00
£390.00

2010 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

92.25

2010 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

92.25
£988.00
£494.00
£85.00
£166.00

2009 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

92.5

2009 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

92.5
£944.00
£944.00
£472.00

2008 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

89.0

2008 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

89.0
£680.00
£680.00
£341.00
£680.00

2007 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

91.5

2007 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

91.5
£1,462.00
£1,462.00
£124.00
£245.00

2006 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

92.0

2006 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

92.0
£728.00
£728.00
£728.00

2005 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

94.0

2005 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

94.0
£1,640.00
£1,640.00
£823.00
£1,640.00
£139.00
£274.00
£561.00

2003 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

96.0

2003 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

96.0
£1,522.00
£255.00

2001 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

90.5

2001 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

90.5
£1,958.00
£980.00

2000 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

90.0

2000 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

90.0
£1,309.00
£111.00
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