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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2015 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde R.I Chapoutier French Regional

92.75

2015 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde R.I French Regional

92.75
£747.00
£374.00
£65.00

2015 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut L'esquerda Chapoutier French Regional

92.0

2015 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut L'esquerda French Regional

92.0
£381.00
£192.00

2015 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T Chapoutier French Regional

95.0

2015 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T French Regional

95.0
£495.00
£495.00
£44.00

2012 Cotes du Roussillon Chapoutier French Regional

2012 Cotes du Roussillon French Regional

£339.00
£171.00

2011 Cotes du Roussillon Chapoutier French Regional

2011 Cotes du Roussillon French Regional

£339.00
£171.00
£59.00

2011 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde R.I Chapoutier French Regional

2011 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde R.I French Regional

£705.00
£353.00

2009 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T Chapoutier French Regional

91.5

2009 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T French Regional

91.5
£340.00
£340.00
£32.00

2008 Cotes du Roussillon Chapoutier French Regional

2008 Cotes du Roussillon French Regional

£375.00
£189.00

2008 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T Chapoutier French Regional

94.0

2008 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T French Regional

94.0
£294.00
£294.00
£28.00

2006 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T Chapoutier French Regional

95.0

2006 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T French Regional

95.0
£279.00
£279.00
£26.00

1998 Coteaux Aix Rouge Dom Beates Terra d'Or Chapoutier French Regional

94.0

1998 Coteaux Aix Rouge Dom Beates Terra d'Or French Regional

94.0
£565.00
£565.00

2017 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Chapoutier Languedoc Roussillon

2017 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Languedoc Roussillon

£166.00
£166.00

2016 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Chapoutier Languedoc Roussillon

2016 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Languedoc Roussillon

£130.00
£130.00

2014 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Chapoutier Languedoc Roussillon

92.0

2014 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Languedoc Roussillon

92.0
£155.00
£155.00
£16.00

2013 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Chapoutier Languedoc Roussillon

94.0

2013 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Languedoc Roussillon

94.0
£122.00
£63.00

2018 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Chapoutier Rhone

2018 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Rhone

£728.00
£728.00

2018 Cote Rotie Neve Chapoutier Rhone

2018 Cote Rotie Neve Rhone

£1,673.00
£1,673.00

2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

£1,000.00
£1,000.00

2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

£889.00
£889.00

2018 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

2018 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Rhone

£3,362.00
£1,680.00

2018 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Chapoutier Rhone

2018 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Rhone

£1,452.00
£725.00

2018 Ermitage Le Pavillon Chapoutier Rhone

2018 Ermitage Le Pavillon Rhone

£2,087.00
£1,045.00

2018 Ermitage L'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

2018 Ermitage L'Ermite Rhone

£2,340.00
£1,170.00

2018 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

2018 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Rhone

£1,372.00
£685.00

2018 Ermitage Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

2018 Ermitage Le Meal Rhone

£1,592.00
£799.00

2018 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

2018 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

£1,016.00
£508.00

2018 St Joseph Les Granits Chapoutier Rhone

2018 St Joseph Les Granits Rhone

£418.00
£210.00

2018 Crozes Hermitage Les Varonniers Chapoutier Rhone

2018 Crozes Hermitage Les Varonniers Rhone

£331.00
£167.00

2017 Ermitage Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

99.0

2017 Ermitage Le Meal Rhone

99.0
£3,097.00
£3,097.00

2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

£790.00
£790.00
£393.00

2017 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

2017 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Rhone

£5,111.00
£5,111.00

2017 Ermitage Le Pavillon Chapoutier Rhone

99.0

2017 Ermitage Le Pavillon Rhone

99.0
£2,423.00
£2,423.00
£2,423.00
£403.00

2017 St Joseph Les Granits Chapoutier Rhone

95.0

2017 St Joseph Les Granits Rhone

95.0
£672.00
£337.00

2017 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

97.0

2017 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

97.0
£870.00
£435.00

2017 St Joseph Le Clos Chapoutier Rhone

97.0

2017 St Joseph Le Clos Rhone

97.0
£890.00
£445.00

2017 Cote Rotie Neve Chapoutier Rhone

96.0

2017 Cote Rotie Neve Rhone

96.0
£1,295.00
£646.00

2016 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

2016 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Rhone

£4,679.00
£4,679.00
£2,340.00

2016 Ermitage Le Pavillon Chapoutier Rhone

100.0

2016 Ermitage Le Pavillon Rhone

100.0
£3,968.00
£3,968.00
£1,983.00

2016 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Chapoutier Rhone

97.0

2016 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Rhone

97.0
£1,417.00
£707.00

2016 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Chapoutier Rhone

2016 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Rhone

£448.00
£225.00

2016 Ermitage L'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

2016 Ermitage L'Ermite Rhone

£2,254.00
£1,128.00

2016 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

2016 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Rhone

£1,318.00
£658.00

2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

96.5

2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

96.5
£903.00
£903.00
£452.00
£78.00

2016 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

95.0

2016 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

95.0
£913.00
£457.00

2016 Condrieu Invitare Chapoutier Rhone

93.0

2016 Condrieu Invitare Rhone

93.0
£349.00
NEW
£176.00

2016 Hermitage Blanc Chante Alouette Chapoutier Rhone

92.0

2016 Hermitage Blanc Chante Alouette Rhone

92.0
£599.00
£599.00

2016 Crozes Hermitage Les Meysonniers Chapoutier Rhone

91.0

2016 Crozes Hermitage Les Meysonniers Rhone

91.0
£183.00
£183.00

2016 St Joseph Les Granilites Blanc Chapoutier Rhone

2016 St Joseph Les Granilites Blanc Rhone

£248.00
£126.00
£126.00

2015 Ermitage Le Pavillon Chapoutier Rhone

2015 Ermitage Le Pavillon Rhone

£2,395.00
NEW
£1,197.00

2015 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

100.0

2015 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Rhone

100.0
£3,002.00
£1,500.00

2015 Crozes Hermitage Les Varonniers Chapoutier Rhone

93.0

2015 Crozes Hermitage Les Varonniers Rhone

93.0
£505.00
£253.00
£45.00

2015 Ermitage L'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

99.17

2015 Ermitage L'Ermite Rhone

99.17
£5,003.00
£2,501.00
£5,003.00
£417.00

2015 Ermitage Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

98.75

2015 Ermitage Le Meal Rhone

98.75
£2,800.00
£1,399.00
£2,800.00

2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

97.0

2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

97.0
£681.00
£341.00

2015 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

98.0

2015 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Rhone

98.0
£2,033.00
£1,018.00

2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

£1,003.00
£502.00
£86.00

2015 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Chapoutier Rhone

99.0

2015 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Rhone

99.0
£1,380.00
£689.00

2015 St Joseph Les Granits Chapoutier Rhone

94.25

2015 St Joseph Les Granits Rhone

94.25
£671.00
£336.00
£1,345.00

2015 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Chapoutier Rhone

94.5

2015 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Rhone

94.5
£592.00
£297.00
£592.00

2015 St Joseph Le Clos Chapoutier Rhone

94.0

2015 St Joseph Le Clos Rhone

94.0
£999.00
£500.00

2015 St Joseph Deschants Chapoutier Rhone

90.0

2015 St Joseph Deschants Rhone

90.0
£210.00
£210.00

2015 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Chapoutier Rhone

2015 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Rhone

£359.00
£359.00
NEW
£181.00

2015 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

98.0

2015 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

98.0
£1,397.00
£1,432.00
£119.00
£978.00

2015 Ermitage Les Greffieux Chapoutier Rhone

98.25

2015 Ermitage Les Greffieux Rhone

98.25
£1,652.00
£829.00
£140.00

2015 Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne Chapoutier Rhone

95.0

2015 Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne Rhone

95.0
£598.00
NEW
£300.00
£598.00

2014 Ermitage Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Ermitage Le Meal Rhone

£1,890.00
£1,890.00
£946.00

2014 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Rhone

£979.00
£490.00

2014 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Rhone

£1,101.00
£550.00

2014 Ermitage Les Greffieux Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Ermitage Les Greffieux Rhone

£1,531.00
£768.00
£256.00

2014 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

94.0

2014 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

94.0
£648.00
£325.00

2014 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Rhone

£7,153.00
£3,577.00
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