It is impossible to talk about the M. Chapoutier company without referring to 1808, the year it all began. Let’s put the year in context and look at what has happened since then. It was almost 210 years ago...
Creation of ‘Calvet et Compagnie’ in the Rue de l’Hermitage in Tain.
The premises were made over to Octave Calvet and Frédéric Vogelgesang, who remained partners until 1878.
The company was bought by Rodolphe Delépine.
Marius Chapoutier joined forces with Rodolphe Delépine to found the company ‘Delépine et Chapoutier’, exporting wines to Holland, Switzerland and Germany.
Rodolphe Delépine, who had been responsible for the accounts, retired. Marius changed the name of the company to ‘Chapoutier et Compagnie’.
Marius bought the La Ciboise property (1.15 hectares) from the literary figure Robert Monier de la Sizeranne.
Marius created the new M. Chapoutier winery at the foot of the Hermitage hill
Death of Marius. His son Marc succeeded him and took over the business.
Seeking to personalise the business, Marc Chapoutier gave it the name it still bears – ‘M. Chapoutier’.
Winemaker Michel Chapoutier created the first ‘plot selections’ or Sélections Parcellaires.
Michel Chapoutier became head of the company and began to apply his belief in biodynamic cultivation.
First winegrowing estate bought in Australia.
First estate bought in the Roussillon area of France.
First purchase of vines in Portugal.
Installation in Alsace and inauguration of new production site in Tain.
Acquisition of a sales cellar in the Paul Bocuse covered market in Lyon.
Installation in both the Beaujolais and Provence areas of France. Acquisition of Maison Trenel, an estate in the Gard département (in Valliguières), and a hotel complex in Tain.
First purchase of vines in Spain, and acquisition of a sales cellar in the covered market in Avignon.
Acquisition of an estate in the Gard département (in Montfrin) and an estate within the Crozes-Hermitage AOC area.
Mathilde and Maxime brought a new generation in to join Corinne and Michel Chapoutier and perpetuate the tradition of a family business, continuing to share a very particular vision of the world of wine – a philosophy based on the concept of ‘terroir’, continuing to uphold the convictions that make ‘M. Chapoutier’ the most admired brand name in French wines worldwide.