M.Chapoutier - Press Comments

Rhône Valley, France

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

“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

“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

 

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 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 2015

“A flat-out great example of the appellation, it offers lots of caramelized peaches, tangerine, orange blossom and crushed rock-like characteristics in its rich, yet fresh and elegant style. 95 points

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
30th December 2016

 

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

“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

“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

 

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

 

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 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

 

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

 

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 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 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 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

 

Les Granilites 2015

“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

 

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 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

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