It was Marius Chapoutier (Michel Chapoutier’s grandfather) who put the family name firmly on the Rhône Valley map in the early 20th century and established its reputation for quality as far afield as America. A unique destiny and one that was filled with joy; sometimes tragic yet always marked by success.
These wines carry this message and reflect the warmth of the southern France terroirs in which they are rooted. The pleasure of a man who loves to share. An expert knowledge of the Rhône Valley varietals, the secrets of which Michel Chapoutier seeks to reveal. The notion of pleasure, to put it simply.
Vineyards selected are cultivated on clay and calcareous hillsides. This type of location provides favourable sun exposure conditions on the hillsides as well as sufficient water reserves in the limestone earth so that the vineyards can reach its desired maturity. Furthermore, these vineyards are controlled using the Royat Cordon pruning technique enabling to grow balanced grapes with a regular maturity. The rootstocks are adapted to the soils
The Vermentino was harvested first as they are more precocious, and continued with the Terret, once the berries had been tasted on the vine for their aromatic ripeness. The grapes are harvested at night time so as to prevent their oxidation and thus obtain richer and fresher wines. They are pressed directly without any maceration. No sulphur is added during the fermentation, which is carried out at a low temperature. A very regular fermentation with extremely precise aromas is achieved by adding a measured quantity of oxygen during the wine-making process. As soon as the alcoholic fermentation has ended, the wines are cooled and left to mature without any sulphur on fine lees so as to reinforce their minerality which is much appreciated here at M. Chapoutier. The two wines are therefore elaborated separately. The complexity of Marius Blanc is then revealed by our wine blending know-how. The addition of a small amount of grape juice optimises the balance of different acids and counter-balances the carbonic gases, providing an elegant and teasing touch.
Very open nose, citrus aromas and notes of grapefruit and ripe orchard fruit. An ample, rich and fruity attack on the palate. Good acidities and aromas of ripe fruit give a great persistancy.