The colour has a golden straw hue with green tinges.
The main aromas are reminiscent of white flowers and yellow fruit, enhanced by touches of exotic and citrus fruit.
On the palate, the wine is alert, seductively suave and fresh.
Its deep colour has a dark, plum-like hue.
The nose is classically Syrah, with berry fruit, violet, liquorice.
It has a full, rounded palate with delicate tannins, making it unique in the "Côtes-du-Rhône" category.
Another excellent wine from Michel Chapoutier. A blending of Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc. The wine is aged in vats without malolactic fermentation.
It should drink well for several years. 2018 - 2022
The vineyards of the red Côtes du Rhône “Belleruche” covers 4 departments (Drôme, Vaucluse, Gard and Ardèche) on different soils (clay and calcareous alluvial deposit terraces, clay…) giving to the “Belleruche” an extraordinary richness and complexity.
The must-have from Maison M. CHAPOUTIER, these easy and gourmet tasting wines offer a wide range of taste expressions.
The journey thru the several appellations in the Rhône Valley, enriched with a collection of organic wines such as this Côtes-du-Rhône BIO Collection, a wine with a purplish red color of good intensity and offering us a fairly powerful nose with raspberry scents, smoke and spices to which are added scents of violet and licorice.
This bio red wine delights us with pleasant freshness and has supple tannins. Its ample texture ends in a fairly persistent finish.
The 2016 Condrieu Invitare is fresh, clean and balanced, avoiding any of the oiliness that can sometimes creep into Viognier.
Lightly floral on the nose, it shows honeydew and apricot flavors, medium to full body, and hints of white pepper and tannin on the long finish.
It should drink well for several years. 2018 - 2022
Robert Parker 93/100
A golden, yellow, brilliant colour with hints of wine blossom and lily on the nose, then a frank attack, well-balanced, fresh, candied citrus aromas in the mouth.
This is the mark of a perfect Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache blanc.
With a beautiful bright golden yellow color.
On the nose, notes of vine flower and lily.
In the mouth, the attack is frank, it is a balanced and fresh wine with aromas of crystallized citrus.
This is the hallmark of a perfect Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache blanc.
Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernardine exhibits gorgeously perfumed aromas of cherry blossoms, crushed flowers, incense and assorted berry-styled fruits on both the nose and palate. A medium to full-bodied, with a supple, finesse-driven style and terrific purity of fruit, it has loads of charm and will drink nicely for 8-10 years
The Collection BIO Châteauneuf du Pape 2015 from Michel Chapoutier, so called because all fruits are grown organically, is a bottle of Châteauneuf du Pape not to be missed.
Produced with about 70-80% Grenache and 20-30% Syrah, all grown on the property's grounds, this wine offers very present notes of white pepper, accompanied by ripe cherries and ground spices.
It is full-bodied, with a creamy palate in the middle and a long, full-bodied finish.
To Drink in the next 5 to 8 years.
Robert Parker 92/100 points
The colour is a deep garnet red.
To the nose, the "Haute Pierre" cuvée is characterised by strong spicy aromas, which show a rich, powerful body wrapped around with a more delicate yet tightly knit tannic framework.
Rich and unctuous on the palate, the finish reveals some intense, liquorice like flavours.
La Combe Pilate is 100% Viognier from a hillside vineyard on Michel Chapoutier’s property where Michel pushes the boundaries on the biodynamic concept with his experimental range called “The Alchemy Wines”. The symbol on La Combe Pilate’s label is the alchemic symbol for spirit and is inked to Chapoutier’s biodynamic philosophy – to respect and transform the raw material into a high quality product while showcasing the spirit of the land. The Collines Rhodaniennes IGP is characterized by the hills and valleys that surround the Rhone River. With the Massif Central lying to the west and the embryonic foothills of the Alps to the east, the Rhone River carves its way through south-eastern France to the Mediterranean Sea.
Wine Spectator: 91 points
The 2015 Cornas Les Arenes comes from decomposed, almost sandy, granitic soils and several different estate parcels.
Its deep, inky color is followed by a meaty, classic Cornas perfume of blackcurrants, crushed rocks, smoked earth and caramelized meats.
Rich, full-bodied, unctuous and yet still pure and nicely focused, it’s going to need short-term cellaring to come together.
Robert PARKER - 92-94/100
This wine is a blend of grapes grown on various plots; all of them facing south.
The Cornas wines have been invariably famous since the 10th century. They were served to kings, both in France and elsewhere. AOC status and improved quality have enabled the vineyard to regain its reputation.
Aging lasts between 12 to 14 months in oak barrels. Regular racking brings enough oxygen to allow the tannins optimum maturing.
The colour is an intense garnet red. In its youth, this wine has strong blackcurrant aromas. With time, the fruit aromas gradually fade, giving the way to hints of pepper and liquorice. The palate is structured and has the strongly-defined flavours that are typical from this "terroir".
Another superb wine by Michel Chapoutier, a Côte-Rôtie from the Côtes du Rhône Septentrionales, which presents us with a deep purplish red color, a nose with raspberry aromas, a touch of violet, a spicy dominance, a touch of black olive and tapenade, rosemary. On the palate it is full-bodied, deep, with a woody, spicy and vanilla finish.
RP: 94 points
The 2016 Cote Rotie les Bécasses is a silky, charming example of the appellation.
Hints of cedar frame red raspberry fruit in this medium to full-bodied wine, which features a ripe, creamy mouthfeel and a long, elegant finish.
DrinK between: 2019-2035
Robert Parker: 91-93 / 100
The raspberry and blueberry-scented 2017 Cote Rotie les Bécasses is produced mainly from purchased grapes, sourced across the entire appellation.
It's firmed up a bit since last year but remains approachable, being medium to full-bodied on the palate and lined with silky tannins.
Robert Parker: 91/100 Points
Jancis Robinson - 17+/20
"Biodynamic. Cask sample. Aged for 18 months in barrique and demi-muids, approximately 25% new. Black cherry and spice on the nose with very furry, brusque tannins. The structure will take a long time to soften. "
Wine Advocate-Parker : 93/100
It's fascinating to see how the 2016 Cote Rotie Quatuor has evolved since last year, with dark, savory elements largely supplanted in prominence by notes of raspberry and cedar. A blend of four estate parcels, it's medium to full-bodied, with a supple, creamy texture and silky tannins on the tart finish.
This cuvée is a blend of grapes coming from the Côte Brune and the Côte Blonde.
It's one of the oldest vineyards in France, first developed by the Romans.
It is said that during the Middle Ages, "The Seigneur de Maugiron" bequeathed a hillside to each of his two daughters, one was brunette and the other fair.
Thus, were born the names of "Côte Brune" and "Côte Blonde".
The wine is aged for 14 to 16 months in new or one year old oak casks.
The barrels are topped up regularly.
The colour is deep crimson. The powerful yet subtle nose of Côte-Rôtie "Seigneur de Maugiron" has blackcurrant, redcurrant, liquorice and smoky aromas, underscored with light woody notes.
The palate shows a tightly-knit tannic framework.
The wine is well-balanced with a silky texture. It combines fine concentration with great delicacy.
The colour is a deep garnet red. The nose is essentially fruity, with strong aromas of cassis and plums, an a touch of violets.
This is an ample, well-rounded wine in the mouth that has sufficient tannins for ageing capacity.
An intense purplish red color, a nose with aromas of red berries (blackcurrant, raspberry) and a round and fresh mouth with a fruit finish, all finesse
Made from vines aged at least 25 years old, the Crozes-Hermitage les Meysonniers 2016 is medium to full-bodied. The blackberries are supported by firm tannins, while the black olives take over in a tasty finish
This cuvée is made from a blend of grapes exclusively from the Domaine des Grands Chemins. The plots are all located on the “Chassis” terraces, at the Rhône/Isère confluence.
"100% Marsanne. Biodynamic. Harvested 28 August. Apricot and peach – far fruitier and more luscious than the Chante Alouette, and more immediately charming because of that. Lovely saline finish with a flinty bitterness perking up the palate. Long, rich, layered, generous. Mealy, cereal character on the finish."
Jancis Robinson - 17,5 / 20
A perfect wine, the 2009 Ermitage Le Pavillon (1,093 cases) boasts a black/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of acacia flowers, blackberries, blueberries, roasted meats, creme de cassis, truffles, graphite, powdered rock and new saddle leather.
Extremely dense, noble and pure, this monumental Ermitage is built for 50-100 years of cellaring.
Score: 100 Pontos Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Wine Advocate-Parker : 100/100 RP
The 2017 Ermitage l'Ermite is equally astounding but a completely different expression of Hermitage. Somehow this combines the reservedness of le Pavillon with the generosity of le Méal, resulting in a wine that I can only describe as perfect. The pristine cassis fruit is remarkably pure, joined by complex notes of crushed stone, salted licorice and the slightest hints of fine-grained oak. It's full-bodied, concentrated and velvety in texture, with oodles of chewy but ripe tannins and a finish that goes on for minutes.
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - 100/100
Always the earliest-ripening portion of the Chapoutier holdings on the Hermitage hill, the 2017 Ermitage le Méal is a complete standout. Crème de framboise notes remain fresh and lively throughout, joined by hints of blueberry, baking spices and vanilla, while the tannins are silky, the mouthfeel generous and the overall impression is one of great seductiveness and elegance.
Majority Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre, these varieties give this Gigondas wine a beautiful colour, ruby red, a powerful and fine nose, with strawberry jam accents and pepper. On the palate, the attack is floral, tannic and spicy
Composed of 100% Marsanne, this white wine is classified in AOC Hermitage and comes from grapes from 3 different vineyards.
The "Meal" is composed of an ancient soil with many pebbles. "Murets" refers to the location of granitic arena soils and "Chante-Alouette" rests on a clay-limestone layer.
After manual harvesting at maturity and pressing, 1/3 of the wine is vinified in half-muids and the rest in vats.
The color is of a beautiful green gold, brilliant.
Its complex and subtle nose distils aromas of quince, walnuts, honey, ginger, acacia and linden.
The palate is frank, elegant with a finish with fresh almond flavors.
To taste on seashells or fish with white flesh.
The Hermitage Rouge Monier of the Sizerrane is an assemblage of Bessards, Meal and Greffieux.
"Leading off the Hermitage releases, the 2014 Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne sports a deep ruby/purple color to go with impressive notes of blackcurrants, cassis, charcoal and olive characteristics. Medium to full-bodied, it has excellent richness and depth, sweet tannin and a charming, forward style."
Robert PARKER - 92/100
This wine is made exclusively from the "Les Grandes Vignes" plot situated at the peak of the Hermitage hillside at around 325 m altitude.
This primarily south-facing plot forms an amphitheatre of semicircular vine terraces.
In the very best years, production is limited to 1,800 to 2,000 bottles.
This wine is made exclusively from the Syrah varietal.
The wine is de-vatted before being racked and transferred to the barrels. The malolactic fermentation takes place in the barrel and is followed by 20 months of closely-monitored ageing. To ensure that the wine retains its character, finesse and subtlety, only wood with a fine and extra-fine grain is selected for the barrels. For the same reasons, the percentage of new oak is kept to no more than 30 or 40%.
This wine is a blend from 3 different terroirs : L'Ermite, le Sabot, and the famed plot, les Bessards.
Maturation is done in French oak barrels. On each vintage, the notes of wood are the result of precise and variable proportion between new barrels and barrels which have already held one wine, and it is adapted according to each vintage tannic & tasting characteristics.
The colour shows brilliant, deep red hues.
The nose is powerful and complex, expressing blackberries, spices and leather.
On the palate, "Domaine des Tourettes" is fi rm but silky, with a tightly-knit tannic structure that is the hallmark of wines that have a great future.
the 2015 Saint Joseph Les Granilites comes all from the southern part of the appellation, from parcels around Mauve, Tournon and Saint-Jean-de-Muzols. Aged in equal parts concrete and barrel, it offers clean, classic Syrah notes of black fruits (blackberries, currants) and peppery herbs, medium to full-bodied richness, a silky texture, no hard edges, and a great finish. Drink it through 2027
Robert PARKER - 94/100
Robert PARKER - 89-91/100
"These 2015s are spectacular across the board and I certainly had a big smile on my face for the duration of the tasting. What I’m sure will be a great introduction for readers interested in St Joseph, the 2015 St Joseph Deschants offers lots of black cherry and jammy blackberry fruit, as well as peppery herbs, medium to full-bodied richness and a ripe, sexy style."
With an intense garnet color, a nose filled with very floral aromas (violet) that are changing on the licorice and spices, this St. Joseph Michel Chapoutier presents a supple attack with a dominant red fruit on the palate. The final is long and marked by spices.