M.Chapoutier - Press Comments

Rhône Valley, France

M. Chapoutier

Lubéron, La Ciboise 2017

“Chapoutier’s 2017 Luberon la Ciboise Blanc is 30% each Grenache Blanc and Vermentino, plus 20% each Clairette and Roussanne. From high-altitude, limestone vineyards, the result is a plump, medium-bodied white with plenty of charm. Tangerine, pear and melon flavors give it fruit-salad appeal, underscored by a sense of chalkiness on the finish”. 86-88 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
31st August, 2018

 

Lubéron, La Ciboise 2016

“A blend of Roussanne, Vermentino, Grenache, and Clairette, the 2016 Lubéron La Ciboise is a delicious, clean, classy white that offers plenty of citrus and orchard fruit, medium-bodied richness, hints of minerality and a clean, classically dry finish.” 89 points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
19th October 2017

 

Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche Blanc 2017

“From clay and limestone soils, the 2017 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc is a top-notch example of this cuvée. Pineapple and orange notes feature prominently in this medium to full-bodied white, underscored by hints of bitter pith and lime zest on the finish.” 87-89 ppints

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
31st August 2018

 

Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche Blanc 2016

“The 2016 Côtes du Rhône Belleruche (Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and Clairette) offers more white peach, tangerine, and spice, as well as a lively, refreshing, medium-bodied style on the palate. This beauty has ample fruit, bright acidity and is a terrific introduction into the whites from this region.” 89 points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
19th October 2017

 

Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche Blanc 2015

“This is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc and is a pale, lemon colour with lots of green apple aromas, as well as white flowers, citrus and tropical fruits which matched the starter brilliantly.”

Paula Gracey, Belfast Sunday Life
23rd April 2017

 

Domaine des Granges de Mirabel, Viognier 2016

“Made from 100% Viognier, the 2016 Igp Coteaux de L’Ardèche Domaine des Granges de Mirabel sports a medium-gold color as well as textbook Viognier notes of apricots, tangerine, and honeysuckle. Exotic, complex and perfumed, with a lively, clean, dry style on the finish, it’s going to be a terrific meal starter or a perfect wine to pair with a cheese course.” 88 points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
19th October 2017

 

Collines Rhodaniennes, La Combe Pilate 2016

“Made from 100% Viognier, the 2016 IGP Collines Rhodaniennes La Combe Pilate is a ripe, unctuous beauty that boasts a huge nose of ripe peach, orange blossom, and honeysuckle. Rich, medium to full-bodied and textured, it’s a mini (maybe not so mini) Condrieu.” 92 points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
24th January 2018

 

Saint-Péray, Les Tanneurs 2016

“100% Marsanne, grown on limestone and granite. Fresh pear and fennel. Rounded, fruity style, but well balanced; clean, pure and fresh. Long finish, with a touch of minerality. Subtle tension; classic. Drink 2017-2019.” 90 points

Matt Walls, Decanter
1st September 2017

“Clean and straight, with notes of buttered peach, white flowers and mineral, the 2016 Saint Péray Les Tanneurs is fresh and lively on the palate, with a clean, focused style. It’s going to put on weight with time bottle and drink well for 2-3 years.” 90 points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
24th January 2017

 

Saint Péray, Lieu-dit Hongrie 2014

“I loved the aromatics of the 2014 Saint Péray Lieu Dit Hongrie and it offers fabulous notes of caramelized pineapple, peach, cherry blossom and charcoal. Made from 100% Marsanne, it’s medium-bodied, soft and supple, with tons of charm and early drinking appeal. Unfortunately, there’s only three demi-muid made, but it’s a terrific white to drink over the coming 2-3 years.” 91 points

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
31st December 2015

 

Saint-Péray, La Muse de Wagner 2012

“Pure Marsanne grown on granite and clay limestone. Lees ageing for 36 months gives a rich, toasty style, with juicy apricot fruit and soft fizz. Majors on flamboyance over finesse; brash but fun. Drink 2017-2022.” 89 points

Matt Walls, Decanter
1st September 2017

“This zero-dosage, 100% Marsanne has a warm, soft, generous texture with aromas of white blossom, a honeyed edge and slightly bitter quince notes on the finish, which is ripe, weighty and rich. Will appeal to those looking for something a bit different. Drink 2017-2020.” 89 points

Andy Howard, Decanter
1st September 2017

 

Saint Joseph, Les Granilites 2016

“Oaky but fresh, with plenty of peach and apricot beneath the tobacco and spice. A full, flowing style that’s very full-bodied, but also has a lovely sense of freshness and good balancing acidity. It’s one of the better balanced white St-Joseph wines in this vintage. Opulent, very good indeed and hard to resist.” 93 points

Matt Walls, Decanter
9th October 2017

 

Saint Joseph, Les Granilites 2015

“The 2015 St Joseph Les Granilites Blanc (100% Marsanne) was brought up in equal parts demi-muids and stainless steel. It has lots of apple blossom, white peach and citrus, as well as a salty minerality that comes out with time in the glass. Another one of those “best vintage to date” releases, this medium-bodied, nicely concentrated beauty will keep for at least 4-5 years, and possibly even longer.” 92 points

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
30th December 2016

 

Condrieu, Invitare 2017

“Floral and apricot aromas are bolstered by hints of cedar, baking spices and honey on the nose of the 2017 Condrieu Invitare. It’s full-bodied and rich but fresh and long on the finish. I’d drink it young for the flamboyant, exotic aromas and flavors, but it has the requisite concentration for aging, if desired.”  93 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
31st August 2018

 

Condrieu, Invitare 2016

“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.” 93 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
29th December 2017

 

Hermitage, Chante-Alouette 2016

“Mid-deep gold. Aromatic honeysuckle lifts the intriguing nose that gives layer after layer of buttered nuts, spice, crushed rock and thyme. Full-bodied, with rich stone fruit that is lifted by a streak of acidity and salinity. Lots of depth and layers here. This wine shows why Hermitage is special. A touch more length would take this from very good to great.” 17,5/20

Jancis Robinson
7th March 2019

 

Hermitage, Chante-Alouette 2015

“The finest vintage for this cuvée I’ve ever tasted, the sensational 2015 Hermitage Chante Alouette boasts awesome notes of white peach, orange marmalade and white flowers in a rich, full-bodied, concentrated style. Coming from three different terroirs on Hermitage Hill (Méal, Les Murets and Chante Alouette), don’t miss it!” 95 points

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
30th December 2016

 

Hermitage, Chante-Alouette 2014

“Like many white hermitages, this is relatively neutral on the nose. but it shows its true potential on the palate, which is full bodied and expansive, offering hints of grilled peach, melon and baking spices balanced by just enough acidity to extend the finish into mouthwatering opulence. Drink now for its youthful fruit, or cellar up to 20 years.” 93 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast
9th January 2017

“A year in, year out blockbuster, the 2014 Hermitage Chante-Alouette comes from a mix of parcels on Hermitage hill and is 100% Marsanne; it spent ten months in 65% demi-muids (two- and three-year-old barrels) and 35% stainless steel tanks. Offering fabulous notes of buttered citrus, honeysuckle and a hint of pineapple, this medium to full-bodied, incredibly pure, elegant and seamless beauty opens up nicely with time in the glass, has building richness and a rock star finish. Don’t miss it.” 94 points

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
31st December 2015

 

Côtes-du-Rhône 2015

“A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish.”

Swansea Life
1st January 2017

 

Costière de Nîmes, La Ciboise 2017

“Michel Chapoutier said the 2017 Costieres de Nimes la Ciboise comes from deeper soils that weren’t adversely affected by the hot, dry summer. It’s a full-bodied 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah led by raspberry and black olive notes; it starts off creamy and supple but acquires a bit of chewiness on the finish. It should drink well for 3-4 years.”  88 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
31st August 2018

 

Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche Red 2016

“The Belleruche cuvée has been on a qualitative roll over the past few years, and the 2016 Côtes du Rhône Belleruche is no exception. Classic notes of black raspberries, wild strawberries, spice, and pepper give way to a supple, textured, balanced and undeniably delicious red that’s ideal for drinking over the coming 2-4 years.” 89 points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
19th October 2017

 

Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche Red 2015

“This is a blend of Grenache, Syrah from the brilliant 2015 vintage, with aromas of dried herbs, dark fruits including cherries and just a touch of white pepper. The palate has ripe berry fruits, a touch of liquorice and a little tannin.”

Alistair Gibson
1st April 2017

 

Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Signargues 2015

“Provencal herbs and black olive aromas. The palate has an enjoyable heart, carrying appealing berry fruit with slightly raw tannins.”

NA, Decanter
1st February 2017

 

Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Signargues 2014

“This has all the hallmarks of a quality Côtes du Rhône wine – juicy black and red fruits, hints of liquorice and savoury notes. A firm yet smooth tannic structure makes this a perfect pairing with a Sunday roast and all the trimmings”

Alex Layton, Suffolk & Norfolk Life
1st March 2017

 

Lirac 2017

“Intense red berries and darker fruit, too. The palate is saturated in deep, rich, fruit flavors. Handsome tannin texture. Very succulent, deep and plush. This has a lot going for it in 2017. Barrel sample.” 91-92 points

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
29th August 2018

 

Rasteau 2017

“Vibrant, ripe, black cherries and berries here. The palate delivers a smooth array of sturdy, dense tannins that carry plenty of flavor. This has additional depth and dimension in 2017.” 91 points

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
29th August 2018

 

Gigondas 2016

“Limpid violet. Perfumed red berry, cherry liqueur and licorice aromas, along with hints of candied flowers and white pepper. Smooth and open-knit, offering sweet raspberry, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors that turn livelier on the back half. Nicely plays richness off elegance and finishes long and sweet, with emphatic red fruit character and harmonious tannins coming in late.” 90 points

Josh Raynolds, Vinious
April 2018

 

Gigondas 2015

“The 2015 Gigondas from Chapoutier is Grenache dominated (there’s some Syrah in the blend as well) and was raised all in concrete tank. It has the telltale Gigondas nose of sandalwood and cedary spice, as well as terrific black raspberry and plum fruit, medium to full-bodied richness and fine, polished tannin. It’s a ripe, downright sexy Gigondas that shines in the vintage.” 91 points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
19th October 2017

 

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, La Bernardine 2016

“Still in concrete, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape la Bernardine is the most flattering young version of this cuvée I can recall tasting. Loaded with black cherry fruit, it’s full-bodied, rich and velvety yet not overdone, showing subtle dried spice notes and a long, fresh finish. It should drink well for a decade.” 91-93 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
31st August, 2018

“Limpid yellow-gold. Ripe pit fruits, tangerine and a hint of honey on the perfumed nose. Supple and seamless on the palate, offering mineral-tinged nectarine, pear and orange zest flavors that show good focus and spicy lift. A subtle mineral note appears on the penetrating finish, which lingers with very good tenacity.” 90 points

Josh Raynolds, Vinious
April 2018

 

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, La Bernardine 2015

“A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% other varieties, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape la Bernardine is made in an approachable, charming style. Sandalwood and dried spices mark the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate features supple tannins and plenty of ripe black cherry fruit.”

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
31st October 2017

 

Crozes-Hermitage, La Petite Ruche 2017

“Tar and black black olive notes accent the ripe black cherries on the nose of the 2017 Crozes Hermitage la Petite Ruche. It’s medium to full-bodied, with an easygoing, open-knit feel and plenty of blackberry fruit on the finish.” 88-91 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
31st August 2018

 

Crozes-Hermitage, La Petite Ruche 2016

“Brilliant ruby. Pungent dark berry, cherry and licorice scents are sharpened by peppery spice and mocha flourishes. Fleshy blueberry and bitter cherry flavors slowly gain sweetness in the glass and pick up a smoky nuance on the back half. Unwinds steadily with air and finishes smooth and long, displaying gentle sweetness and rounded tannins.” 91 points

Josh Raynolds, Vinous
April 2018

 

Crozes-Hermitage, Les Meysonniers 2017

“The promising 2017 Crozes Hermitage les Meysonniers delivers a pannier of plush, juicy blueberries, balanced by just enough soft tannins to keep it savory and focused. Full-bodied and rounded in the mouth, it finishes silky and long. This looks to be a beauty to drink over the next 6-7 years.” 90-92 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
31st August 2018

 

Crozes-Hermitage, Les Meysonniers 2016

“Deep ruby. Mineral-laced cherry and red berry scents are complemented by a spicy suggestion of cracked pepper. Silky, broad and nicely concentrated, offering appealingly sweet black raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors that become more energetic with air. Shows very good focus and mineral lift on the finish, which features well-knit tannins and lingering spiciness.”

Josh Raynolds, Vinous
April 2018

 

Crozes-Hermitage, Les Meysonniers 2015

“The entry-level Crozes-Hermitage is the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonniers, and it should be readily accessible for readers as it’s made in decent quantities. Offering a good introduction into the incredible quality of the vintage with its deep, inky color and notes of blackberries, garrigue, saddle leather and pepper, this beauty is full-bodied, rich and concentrated, and is going to drink nicely for at least 4-6 years.” 90 points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
24th January 2018

“Decant a couple of hours before serving and the rewards of ripe bio-dynamically farmed Northern Rhône Syrah will reveal cherry, lavender, black olive and damp earth after a spring shower.”

Cumbria Life
1st June 2017

 

Saint-Joseph, Deschants 2015

“Moving to the Saint Joseph releases, the entry-level 2015 Saint Joseph Deschants offers ample minerality, as well as more black and blue fruits, spice, barbecue smoke and scorched earth aromatics. Drink this rich, concentrated, unctuous beauty over the coming 6-7 years. It’s a terrific introduction to the wines of this estate.” 91 points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
24th January 2018

 

Saint-Joseph, Les Granilites 2015

“Deep purple. Meaty, slightly bretty, black-pepper-spiced, blackberry fruit. Dense and full body, blackberry palate fruit, with grilled meat, some medicinal brett tones and a firm, peppery tannic structure. Built to last, in a traditional, super-savoury style. Long enough for its structure.” 16,5/20

Jancis Robinson
7th March 2019

“Opaque ruby. Highly perfumed red/blue fruit, spicecake and floral pastille aromas pick up a smoky mineral accent with air. Fresh blueberry, blackberry and allspice flavors are energized and sharpened by a spine of juicy acidity. Distinctly lively in style, finishing alluringly sweet and quite long; fine-grained tannins make a late appearance.” 92 points

Josh Raynolds, Vinous
April 2018

 

Côte-Rôtie, Les Bécasses 2017

“The 2017 Cote Rotie les Bécasses comes across as slightly chunky next to the suave, silky 2016. It’s medium to full-bodied, with admirably concentrated blueberry and cassis backed by savory notes of crushed stone and wood ash. There’s enough fruit to suggest it will be approachable soon after release.” 90-92 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
31st August 2018

 

Côte-Rôtie, Les Bécasses 2016

“Mid-deep, vibrant ruby. Floral lift, with some animal tones too. Clove oak with ripe raspberry and strawberry. Elegant aromatics. Supple, ripe raspberry and red cherry palate entry, with subtle spice, floral tones and a hint of roasted meat. Very fine-grained, quite firm tannins coat the mouth nicely. Long, floral finish. Exudes elegance and class.” 17/20

Jancis Robinson
7th March 2019

“The medium-bodied 2016 Cote Rotie les Bécasses is a blend of several parcels along the entire length of the appellation, from Saint-Cyr in the north through Ampuis to Tupin and Semons in the south. It offers a mixture of pepper and herbs, tart red fruit and crushed stone, supported by fine-grained tannins and ample length. Not particularly round or generous, it’s more about silk and elegance.” 92 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
31st August 2018

“Opaque ruby. Vibrant dark berry, violet candy and exotic spice aromas, backed by a deeper hint of olive. Sweet and incisive in the mouth, offering palate-caressing blackberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors and a late touch of bitter chocolate. Supple tannins give shape to the vanilla-tinged finish, which hangs on with strong tenacity.” 91-93 points

Josh Raynolds, Vinious
April 2018

 

Côte-Rôtie, Les Bécasses 2015

“Handsome berry fruits hang in suspension around the nose, while high-toned oak spice makes itself present. There are some underlying fresh herbs and firm, intregrated tannins, making this attactive if a little four-square.” 92 points

Tina Gellie, Decanter
1st January 2018

 

Hermitage, Monier de la Sizeranne 2012

“The 2012 reds started with the 2012 Hermitage la Sizeranne, which comes from a number of lieux-dits in Hermitage. Outstanding stuff, it has lots of smoked herbs, saddle leather, pepper and minerality to go with a solid core of raspberry/blackberry fruit. Fleshy, ripe and textured, with fantastic purity, it’s a pleasure-bent effort to drink over the coming 7-8 years.” 90 points

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
30th December 2014

 

Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2017

“The 2017 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise bursts from the glass with floral notes (rose petals) and hints of lychee fruit. Medium to full-bodied, it’s medium to full-bodied and sweet but balanced, with citrus pith on the finish. While Chapoutier says we drink these wines too young, I think they’re at their best in their first few years, when all the exotic florals and spices are at their peak.” 89-91 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
31st August 2018

 

Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2015

“The 2015 Beaumes de Venise (100% Muscat) is another sensational dessert wine from Michel. Honeyed grapefruit, flower oil, mint, and hints of orange rind flow to a rich, full-bodied, rich and opulent Muscat that’s going to be a perfect meal starter, as well as versatile with a cheese course or dessert.” 94 points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
19th October 2017

 

Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche Rosé 2015

“I advise you to hire a van and load up because this is a wondrously dark, spicy red at a price it would be a tragedy to miss out on.”

Daily Mail Weekend
20th May 2017

“A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, it has those inimitable raspberry and currant flavours with hints of plum and grenadine. A must for the summer barbeque or with light fish dishes.”

John Clarke, The Independent
18th June 2016