Chapoutier, or Maison M. Chapoutier, is a winery and negociant business situated in Tain-l'Hermitage in the Rhone region in France. This is one of the oldest companies in the Rhone Valley, driven by Michel Chapoutier, the biodynamic pioneer of the region.
La Ciboise (lah see-BWAHZ) is the name of Michel Chapoutier's grandfather's home. Located right in the center of the town of Tain l'Hermitage, La Ciboise was the energetic center of Chapoutier family life where children and relatives used to meet regularly. Similarly, these new wines from the M. Chapoutier portfolio are intended to be enjoyed with friends and family to celebrate everyday life. Costieres de Nimes is the most southerly appellation of the Rhone wine region in southeastern France. The wines of the area are reputed to have been consumed by the Ancient Greeks and thus figure among the oldest known wines in the world.
The soil is made up of pebbles deposited by the Rhone river during the Quaternary Period and referred to locally as "Gress". The vines develop a very deep rooting system, digging down as far as the layers of clay.
The grapes are picked at phenolic maturity and harvested by machine. After destemming, the grapes are fermented in concrete tanks for three to four weeks. Each grape variety is vinified separately using traditional maceration. After a daily tasting, the wine will either be pumped over or left to rest, in order to gently extract the aromatic components, anthocyanins and tannins. At the end of alcoholic fermentation, the temperature is allowed to increase to 30-33°C to assist the polymerization of the tannins. 6 months in concrete tank.
The nose is intense with notes of ripe fruit (blackcurrants/raspberries). The palate is delicious and full. The ripe fruit and soft spices come through again on the palate. Pronounced yet soft, delicate tannins.