It was Marius Chapoutier (Michel Chapoutier's grandfather) who put the family name firmly on the Rhone 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 Rhone 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 a favourable sun exposure on the hillsides as well as sufficient water reserves in the limestone earth 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 crop macerates for ten days at a controlled and fresh temperature so that the tannins and the fresh fruit aromas invade the juices of the wine without compromising the balance we want to achieve. The pumping of the wine from the vat over the must for extraction is practiced as delicately as possible. When we are satisfied with both balances, the grapes are pressed. As soon as the alcoholic fermentation has ended, the wines are racked many times and left to mature without any sulphur on fine lees so as to reinforce their complexity which is much appreciated at M. Chapoutier. The two grape varieties are therefore vinified separately. The complexity of Marius Rouge 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 robustness of the Syrah grape, provides an elegant and gourmet touch.
Powerful, complex nose with dark, spicy, red berries & a delicate floral touch. The palate is also powerful, with a concentrated and structured attack with a tinge of silky tannins & red fruit.