Chapoutier, or Maison M. Chapoutier, is a winery and nÃ©gociant business situated in Tain-l'Hermitage in the RhÃ´ne region in France. This is one of the oldest companies in the RhÃ´ne Valley, driven by Michel Chapoutier â€“ the biodynamic pioneer of the region.
Michel Chapoutier started his love-affair with wine at 26. A self-taught enthusiast and a curious visionary he brings to the winery a new approach and a powerful ambition. An idea of wine that soon became all-embracing. â€œWine-grower, wine-maker and wine lover". The choices he made marked a break with past principles and prejudices. A question of audacity and convictions he shares with his young team. An essential, emblematic choice too: he decided to change the taste associated with Maison M. Chapoutier, to avoid cultivating â€œa signature taste", focusing instead on bringing out the difference and specific features of each terroir.
Hermitage â€œMonier de la Sizeranneâ€ comes from a blending of different soils from West to East: â€œles Bessardsâ€: from a granitic origin, it constitutes the â€œsoulâ€ of a good Hermitage. â€œle MÃ©alâ€: old alluvial terraces, with a lot of gravels and shingles more or less calcareous. â€œles Greffieuxâ€: silty soil with shingles.
Grapes were hand harvesting at optimal maturity.
Entirely destemmed, the grapes ferment in concrete tanks. From one to two daily treadings ensure a good extraction. Temperature varies between 30 and 33Â°C.
18 months ageing, 85% of which takes place in oak barrels, giving the wine its notes of oak. The remaining 15% is aged in concrete tanks to preserve minerality and freshness.
The nose is full with red fruit (raspberry, blackcurrant), with a hint of liquorice. On the palate there is a good attack, revealing a round and elegant wine with concentrated and gentle tannins. The finish is Â blackcurrant, raspberry and spicy (pepper) aromas when it is young.
Perfect with venison fillet in red wine sauce. Classic roast beed. Mature "Saint FÃ©licien" cheese.