"Nectar lovers will be amazed by the richness of this wine. The fully mature grapes spend two months on straw mats before being pressed. It exhibits a light gold color, with a texture resembling molasses. Despite being aged in 100% new oak, no wood is discernible. Its astonishing white truffle-scented nose includes notions of coffee, marmalade, and creme brulee. Extraordinarily dense and thick, with surprisingly good underlying acidity, this is a remarkable wine. Sadly, only 100 cases exist. It will last for 100 years, but it will be impossible to resist in its youth."
Vinous - 96+/100
"Deeper golden-bronze color. Wilder aromas of game and white truffle. Even sweeter and more concentrated yet still fresh; powerful game and barley sugar flavors. Chewy with extract. A wine of extraordinary persistence, perhaps the longest I tasted on my recent tour of the Rhone Valley. The following '98s were tasted from barrique:"
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
the wine has an outstanding balance, concentrated and a great length. This wine can be kept more than 50 years.
Sommelier's advice: The Vin de Paille is more a desert in itself than a wine used with deserts. However, it can be matched with fruits pies : apricots, citrus fruits...
The crop is harvested by successive sortings and then dried on a straw bed for almost two months before pressing.
The winemaking process of the Vin de Paille finds its roots in the vineyard of the Hermitage. In order to revive this tradition, Michel CHAPOUTIER has decided, since 1990, to devote a part of his white Hermitage crop to raisining on straw bed.
The obtained must has a minimum concentration of 360 g of sugar per liter. After fermentation, the actual alcohol content is close to 15% vol for a residual sugar amount of 105 g per liter.
Fermentation and ageing are entirely performed in oak casks. Bottling is carried out 24 months later.