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Rhône – Hermitage

M. Chapoutier Chante-Alouette Hermitage 2019

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Ratings

94 100

WINE SPECTATOR

94 100

DECANTER

The estate

Everything starts with Michel Chapoutier and his singular, out-of-the-box, all-embracing, inquisitive thinking. Michel’s is not a static spirit, but a living one. His quest is one of discovery and revelation of high-potential terroirs, how soils can express themselves, how each one can give that singular taste to each wine. A quest that is driven by daring: opening up to other horizons, other terroirs, whilst remaining a specialist of Rhone Valley grapes, the company’s true DNA. Creating encounters between tradition and modernity, dreaming up new forms of know-how, but always with the greatest possible respect… for the soil. M. CHAPOUTIER’s teams work to perpetuate the revelation of terroir such is their starting point.

Humility is at the heart of the M. CHAPOUTIER soul. Nature always has the final say. The winemaker observes, decides and guides nature in the most respectful way possible. ‘Fac et spera’ (do and hope), has become the family currency.

‘Fac et spera’ (do and hope) - family motto

The vineyard

Located in Tain L'Hermitage, in the Rhone Valley, for more than 210 years, M. CHAPOUTIER has been producing the greatest wines in the respect of the natural balance and of the soils which give birth to them. It took a new turn in 1990 with the arrival of Michel Chapoutier who introduced biodynamic farming on his estates. A pioneer in this field, M. CHAPOUTIER has made it the founding principle of its philosophy.

The company has always attached great importance to respect, starting with that of the Earth. A land that it wants to sublimate even beyond our borders since the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER has extended its domains to Spain, Portugal and even Australia! It is now the owner of a dozen Domains throughout the world. It has also distinguished itself by its innovative and sharing initiatives such as the creation in 1996 of the first labels in Braille or the establishment of the first competition for the Best Student Sommelier in Wines and Spirits in France to encourage vocations and keep this passionate profession alive. Today, Mathilde and Maxime have joined the company to perpetuate the family tradition.

"Wine comes from the sky and the earth... and from the love we have for it."

Michel Chapoutier

The Vintage

The 2019 vintage in the Rhône Valley was characterised by extreme weather variations although it has given rise to extraordinarily complex wines. The whites are defined by their remarkable minerality owing to the wise decision to harvest early in order to counter the effects of the intense heat. Notes of pear, pineapple and citrus. A silky wine complemented with intense vegetal notes.

 

For M. CHAPOUTIER, the vintage is left as is: no processes such as chaptalisation, the addition of yeast or acidifying agents which would impinge on the unexpected by-products of a capricious climate. Michel Chapoutier says as much: ‘Vintage is truth, not bluff. In a way, correcting a vintage is tantamount to telling a lie. It would be so much more honest to make a wine without vintage’. 

Information

  • Domain M. Chapoutier
  • Vineyard Côtes du Rhône Septentrionales
  • Color
    White
  • Vintage 2019
  • Variety 100% Marsanne
  • Culture Biodynamic
  • Alcohol degrees14°
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Tasting Notes

Eye, bouquet, palate

The brilliant and green gold colour catches the eye. The nose is both complex and subtle, with aromas of quince, walnut, honey, ginger, and acacia, accompanied by a hint of linden-tree. On the palate, the attack is frank yet non-aggressive, culminating in an elegant and lengthy finish of almond.

Temperature

12°

Drinking window

5-10 years

Wine and food pairing

Creamy lobster risotto, pint of chorizo