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Chapoutier

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M. Chapoutier

"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

While the estate was born in the early 19th century, the real story of the wines we see today began when Marius Chapoutier took the winemaking into his own hands; dissatisfied with what his neighbors were producing and with the faith he could do better.

In 1990, Michel Chapoutier quickly established his family’s estate, taking it to the top at the young age of 26. Old world coupled with biodynamics and a legacy of experience, gifts us with remarkable, unflitered wines we can enjoy now or lay down for at least a decade. Just in 2003, 88 of the wines were awarded 90+ points by highly acclaimed critics. Vintages to look out for: 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.

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Tasting Notes

WA94
From a warm micro-climate, Le Meal, (Michel Chapoutier says that the full phenolic maturity of the Syrah grapes at Le Meal can be achieved three weeks earlier than the grapes grown on the top of the appellation in the l’Ermite vineyard. Keep in mind that these two areas are within a ten minute walk of each other. This explains the French obsession with terroir, and how micro-climates can vary so dramatically.), the 2006 Ermitage Le Meal exhibits surprisingly tart acidity for a wine from such a warm site, a dense purple color, and sweet notes of boysenberries, black raspberries, blackberries, lead pencil shavings, pain grille, and spice. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and lighter than Les Greffieux, it is tight and closed at present, but it displays the potential for 20-25 years of evolution.
WS93
Glass-staining ruby. Deep, brooding aromas of cherry and dark berry preserves, tobacco and smoky minerals; this has shut down since bottling. Extremely rich, palate-coating cherry and black fruit flavors show a mounting smokiness. Dark notes of licorice and black tea build on the long, gently sweet finish, which features furry tannins. No way I'd go near this for at least five or six years. Rating: 93(+?)

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