"Cask sample. Tasted blind. Subtle but polished black fruit with violet fragrance. Plenty of pepper on the palate, with a ferrous touch to the finish. Friendlier tannins than many Cornas, although powerfully savoury to finish. Room for improvement on the nose with a bit of bottle age."
James Suckling - 91/100
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - 92/100
Jeb Dunnuck - 93/100
Wine Enthusiast - 96/100
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
intense red colour with purple lights.
very ripe fruits, raspberry and blackcurrant jams.
blackberries, spices, morello cherry. Dense and tight tannins with a great persistency in mouth.
Sommelier's advice: Fish in tapenade sauce (Mullet) All meats in sauces,marinates meats Large game with cranberry jelly
The grapes are entirely hand-harvested.
Part of the vineyard is located on decomposing granite, known locally as “gore”, the other is on alluvial clay-limestone soil. This kind of soil produces powerful, meaty wines with good tannin. This type of granite also gives the wine power and a nice taut acidity.
Vinification is carried out in the traditional way, the harvest is destemmed. Fermentation lasts about 10 days and is followed by an around three-week maceration.
After vinification, the ageing process starts and lasts 14-16 months. 80% of the wine goes into oak barrels (100% French). The remaining 20% are aged in concrete tanks, which preserves the fruit and minerality expressed on these granitic soils.