Location: France, Rhône ValleyFrance

2011 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Luberon La Ciboise Blanc 89 A very interesting blend of Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Ugni Blanc and Roussanne, this serves up aromas and flavors pear, lemon zest, chalky minerals and acacia flowers with hints of tropical fruits. Clean, fresh and balanced with a nice touch of acidity cutting through on the finish. (Best 2012-2016)
2011 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Luberon La Ciboise Rouge 86 The 2011 Côtes du Luberon La Ciboise is a blend of Grenache Noir, Syrah. It offers a mix of raspberry and plum along with some pepper, spices and mineral. Soft and silky straight through the finish. (Best 2013-2015) - 
2010 M. Chapoutier Banyuls Vin Doux Naturel 94
Spread out on narrow and steep terraces, the Banyuls Appellation overhangs the Mediterranean sea. More than two thousand years old, the vineyards are still hand-worked, and are rooted in stony schist soils. The 2010 Banyuls Vin Doux Naturel from Chapoutier delivers amazing aromas of raisin, dark plum reduction, cocoa powder, coffee and fresh minerals which flow effortlessly from the glass. This has a beautiful rich silky texture, echoing sweet dried black fruits, cocoa and and minerals on the finish. The grapes for this fortified dessert wine are hand picked when very ripe. They are destemmed and crushed. A long fermentation is halted with the addition of pure alcohol, retaining natural sugars and ensuring a good extraction of aroma, flavor, and tannin. This is approachable now, and will also hold up nicely in the cellar for those who wish to wait. (Best 2013-2028)
2010 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Blanc Chante-Alouette  94 The 2010 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Blanc 'Chante-Alouette' exhibits a gorgeous bright golden color, with pretty aromas of fresh lemon, white peach, jazz apple, honey blossoms, shaved almonds, orange peel and flinty minerals. Everything is supported with a rich velvety texture that is focused and balanced with no hard edges. This continues to elvove with each swirl of the glass, so I only expect this get even better with some time. Made from 100% Marsanne which is hand-harvested from three different vineyards; Le Méal, Les Murets and Chante-Alouette. (Best 2013-2024)
2010 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Bernardine 91+ The 2010 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Blanc is 100% Grenache Blanc. It displays a beautiful golden color with a pretty aromas of crushed white flowers, candied apricot, honey, fresh herbs, wood, licorice and even some metallic notes. This is very well made with a racy energetic core backed by vibrant acidity. However, what I probably like best about this wine is that it's downright delicious, hard not to chug. (Best 2012-2020)
2010 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine 91 The 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine delivers wonderful fresh aromas of blackberry, cherry, earthy minerals, dried earth, white pepper, and some dusty leather notes. This shows great finesse with a gorgeous silky mouthfeel. Well balanced with a seamless transition into the finish as it leaves you with a lasting impression of sheer silk and elegance. Composed of mainly Grenache, with a proportion of Syrah and Mourvedre. The grapes are carefully selected during the harvest to obtain the best bunches of grapes for this wine. You can approach this now or hold it for the next 8-10 years and watch it evolve. (Best 2012-2021)
2010 M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Petite Ruche 90 The 2010 M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Petite Ruche offers up amazing notes of blackberry, scorched earth, cured meats, minerals and black olive. This fresh with a beautiful sleek texture which leads into the velvety finish. 100% Syrah. (Best 2012-2016)
2010 M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Blanc Petite Ruche 89 The 2010 M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Blanc Petite Ruche has a pretty nose of honeysuckle, pear, spice, burnt earth, minerals, and freshly cut cucumber. Clean with fresh racy acidity and a long finish. Drinking well now but could use some bottle age. 100% Marsanne from soil and subsoil composed of old alluvial deposits with numerous gravels and shingles. (Best 2012-2020)
2010 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes de Bila-Haut 90
The 2010 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes de Bila-Haut offers ripe plums, blackberry, damp earth and fresh minerals. This is soft and supple as the fruit glides effortlessly across the palate into the finish where it picks up some chocolate and spice flavors. Rolling in around $10 this is a serious value! (Best 2012-2014)
2009 M. Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 90
The 2009 M. Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem brings an old-world and rustic style with notes of ripe dark berries, wet loamy earth, underbrush, herbs, and even some spicy potpourri florals, This really brings out the terrior with nice a fleshy character and coats your palate with a beautiful fine silky structure. Everything finishes up really soft and fresh. If you are having roasted meats pull the cork on this for a great pairing. The vines that produce the Syrah, Grenache and Carignan are located on Gneiss and schistous soils from the Devonian Period and limestone from Kimmeridgian Period. (Drink 2012-2017)
2010 M. Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 90
The 2010 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem offers up notes of raspberry, sweet plum, garrigue, cloves, pepper and some forest floor. The tannins are ultra silky and glide effortlessly across your palate. Finishes up soft, caressing and long with no hard edges. Composed of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. (Best 2013-2020)
2006 M. Chapoutier St. Joseph Les Granits 98
The 2006 Les Granits is a a gorgeous wine with a beautiful balance between power and elegance. Built around dark fruits, fresh figs, flowers, wet earth, mineral, and game notes all backed by a rock solid structure and a finish that goes on and on. Hard to find a flaw in this beauty. 100% Syrah, entirely aged in casks from 16 to 18 months. (Drink 2011 - 2028)

About M Chapoutier

“Fac et Spera” - Do and Hope - says it all. Two words that sum up all the patience and daring that this art demands: patience in relation to nature which presides; daring for the winemaker, who observes, chooses and assists. 

Biodynamic - BiomeaningLife, DynamicmeaningAction. 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.

Terroir - Year after year Maison M. Chapoutier pursues the same goal of letting the soil and especially the vintage express themselves. The 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 flavor particular to a terroir or a wine.

Signature Braille Labels - Both a choice and a symbol, reflecting openness and tolerance. 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.

The Wines - The Chapoutier family has been working in the Rhône valley since 1808 and are now a premier name in the region, currently producing
some of the very best and flagship wines from the region. Today Chapoutier has expanded their ideology to the United States and Australia.

2011 - Wine of the Year - M. Chapoutier also earned our exclusive Wine of the Year award for 2011 with their amazing Single Vineyard Les Granits from Saint Joseph. 

Visit Website: www.chapoutier.com


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