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BIODYNAMICS WORKS FOR: feed the earth and men, respect the living, the rhythms and the terroir, strengthen soil life and plant health, create balanced farm property. Demeter is a reference to the Greek Goddess of grain and fertility. The Demeter certification program was established in 1928, and as such was the first ecological label for organically produced foods. Demeter products have a double certification: they are controlled and certified organic according to the European specifications and according to the Demeter specifications. Demeter biodynamic certification is used in over 50 countries, it guarantees the respect of the biodynamic principles on farm property and during the transformation of the products.
Ratings "Le Vin De Paille 2004 White"
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - 98/100
"Of course, Michel Chapoutier produces some very limited spectacular dessert wines. The 2004 Ermitage Vin de Paille, which has a deep amber color and smells like black truffle oil intermixed with orange marmalade and honeysuckle, is an amazingly rich wine that has put on considerable weight since I tasted it last year. This is a legendary wine that should age for 50-75 or more years. This wine cuvee has between 100 and 159 grams of residual sugar, and the finished alcohol is approximately 15%."
Vinous - 94/100
"(for 375 ml.) Deep gold. Exotically perfumed scents of peach, poached pear, cinnamon, nutmeg and incense. Smoky pit fruit flavors coat the palate, picking up notes of toasted nuts and baking spices. Wonderfully deep in its sweet, caramelized fruit flavor but a suave mineral quality adds lift and energy. The finish is impressively long and spicy and surprisingly vibrant, leaving juicy peach and spice notes behind."
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.