Chapoutier

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CHAPOUTIER: THE IMPORTANCE

Chapoutier has received more perfect 100 point scores from Robert Parker than any other winery, leading to Robert Parker saying that: “Michel Chapoutier's enthusiasm and commitment to exceptional, naturally made wines is a winemaking triumph, as well as a clear victory for all who care about the quality of wine.” Parker has also described Michel Chapoutier as “the world’s leading irreverent genius in winemaking and winemaking philosophy.” This has made Maison M. Chapoutier’s wines, alongside those of Etienne Guigal, some of the, if not the, most sought after wines from the Rhône Valley.

In 2016, Chapoutier was named the most admired French wine brand by Drinks International. Topping this annual list, put together by over 200 Masters of Wine, sommeliers, teachers and journalists, demonstrates the continuous improvement of quality, reflection of terroir and global appeal attained by this winery.

 

CHAPOUTIER: THE INSIGHT

Although they produce a large range of classic wines that are perfect for immediate drinking, it is their finest wines, the téte de cuvées, also known as Sélections Parcellaires or Single Vineyard Selections, which should be on every collector’s radars. These terroir-driven wines have the ability to age for several decades and hail from single plots of 50-100 year old vines in Côte-Rôtie (La Mordorée), Crozes-Hermitage (Les Varonniers), Hermitage or Ermitage as they call it (De l’Orée, L’Ermite, Le Méal, Le Pavillon, Les Greffieux and a sweet wine called Vin de Paille), Saint-Joseph (Le Clos and Les Granits) and Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Barbe Rac and Croix de Bois). These always high-scoring wines are the embodiment of terroir and are only produced in the hundreds of cases. So high is the demand for them that Chapoutier have started to release them En Primeur.

Due to Chapoutier’s attention to detail, the quality of their wine is extremely high even in lesser vintages. However, in exceptional vintages they truly excel. 2015, 2013 and 2010 were strong in both Northern and Southern Rhône, 2009, 2003 and 1999 offer excellent quality in the North as do 2007, 2001, 2000 and 1998 in the South. 1990, 1961 and 1947 have been described as legendary.

For those looking for something off-the-beaten-track, the hotly-tipped Bila-Haut wines from Roussillon demonstrate what a master of finding and exploiting terroir Michel Chapoutier is.

 

CHAPOUTIER: THE BACKGROUND

Maison M. Chapoutier is one of the undisputed elite of Rhône wine, if not the world. Based in Tain l’Hermitage, this winery and négociant business produces over seven million bottles of wine a year from the very southern extent of the Rhône Valley, through Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras and up to the major appellations of the Northern Rhône. And it is here in the Northern Rhone that it makes its most famous wines; Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie.

Although this is a family-owned winery that is able to trace its roots within the region back through seven generations to 1808, it is not stuck in the mire of tradition and history. As its motto: “fac et spera” - which translates as do and hope - suggests, the focus is very much on innovation, modernity and the unorthodox.

Michel Chapoutier took control of the family business in 1988 and the quality of the wines produced skyrocketed. He has pushed his preference for single varietal wines, championed Rhône whites, introduced complete destemming before fermentation, converted all of the estate’s vineyards to biodynamic farming, reduced manipulation in the winery by avoiding acidification, filtration, fining and over-oaking and introduced braille labelling.

Not satisfied with that, Michel’s penchant for Champagne has driven him to produce one in collaboration with Devaux. This incredibly prolific man and team also own estates in Alsace, Roussillon, Australia and Portugal, as well as collaborating with French multiple Michelin star chefs Anne-Sophie Pic in Saint-Péray and the surrounding area (see Pic & Chapoutier) and Yannick Alléno in Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage, and Michel has even expressed a desire to make wine in the UK.

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2011 Schieferkopf Lieu-dit Buehl Chapoutier Alsace

2011 Schieferkopf Lieu-dit Buehl Alsace

£297.00
£150.00

1998 Mount Benson Shiraz Chapoutier

1998 Mount Benson Shiraz

£267.00
Duty Paid £25.00

2010 Pinteivera Chapoutier Douro

2010 Pinteivera Douro

£253.00
£128.00
Duty Paid £128.00

2015 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut L'esquerda Chapoutier French Regional

92.75

2015 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut L'esquerda French Regional

92.75
£381.00
£192.00

2015 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde R.I Chapoutier French Regional

92.75

2015 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde R.I French Regional

92.75
£970.00
£83.00

2015 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T Chapoutier French Regional

2015 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T French Regional

£500.00
£500.00
£45.00

2012 Cotes du Roussillon Chapoutier French Regional

2012 Cotes du Roussillon French Regional

£339.00
£171.00

2011 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde R.I Chapoutier French Regional

2011 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde R.I French Regional

£705.00
£353.00

2011 Cotes du Roussillon Chapoutier French Regional

2011 Cotes du Roussillon French Regional

£339.00
£171.00
£59.00

2011 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T Chapoutier French Regional

2011 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T French Regional

£499.00
£172.00
£349.00

2010 Cotes du Roussillon Chapoutier French Regional

2010 Cotes du Roussillon French Regional

£343.00
£343.00
£173.00

2009 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T Chapoutier French Regional

2009 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T French Regional

£343.00
£343.00
£32.00

2008 Cotes du Roussillon Chapoutier French Regional

2008 Cotes du Roussillon French Regional

£375.00
£189.00

2008 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T Chapoutier French Regional

2008 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T French Regional

£297.00
£297.00
£28.00

2006 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T Chapoutier French Regional

2006 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut V.I.T French Regional

£281.00
£281.00
£27.00

1998 Coteaux Aix Rouge Dom Beates Terra d'Or Chapoutier French Regional

1998 Coteaux Aix Rouge Dom Beates Terra d'Or French Regional

£568.00
£568.00

2015 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Chapoutier Languedoc Roussillon

94.0

2015 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Languedoc Roussillon

94.0
£132.00
£68.00

2014 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Chapoutier Languedoc Roussillon

93.5

2014 Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Languedoc Roussillon

93.5
£175.00
£175.00
£175.00
£18.00

2017 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

2017 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

£999.00
£86.00

2017 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Chapoutier Rhone

2017 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Rhone

£480.00
£43.00

2017 Cote Rotie Neve Chapoutier Rhone

2017 Cote Rotie Neve Rhone

£1,709.00
£1,709.00
£145.00

2016 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Chapoutier Rhone

2016 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Rhone

£409.00
£205.00

2016 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Chapoutier Rhone

2016 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Rhone

£1,521.00
£1,521.00
£763.00
£129.00

2016 Gigondas Chapoutier Rhone

2016 Gigondas Rhone

£248.00
£248.00

2015 St Joseph Les Granits Chapoutier Rhone

93.5

2015 St Joseph Les Granits Rhone

93.5
£549.00
£275.00

2015 Crozes Hermitage Les Meysonniers Chapoutier Rhone

2015 Crozes Hermitage Les Meysonniers Rhone

£138.00
£138.00
£15.00

2015 St Joseph Deschants Chapoutier Rhone

2015 St Joseph Deschants Rhone

£146.00
£146.00
£15.00

2015 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Chapoutier Rhone

2015 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Rhone

£362.00
£362.00

2015 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

99.0

2015 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

99.0
£1,551.00
£778.00
£131.00

2015 Hermitage Blanc Chante Alouette Chapoutier Rhone

2015 Hermitage Blanc Chante Alouette Rhone

£604.00
£604.00

2015 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

100.0

2015 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Rhone

100.0
£4,288.00
£2,144.00
£357.00

2015 Ermitage Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

98.5

2015 Ermitage Le Meal Rhone

98.5
£2,467.00
£1,233.00

2015 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

96.0

2015 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Rhone

96.0
£2,270.00
£2,270.00
£1,136.00

2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

£958.00
£479.00
£82.00
£327.00

2015 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Chapoutier Rhone

100.0

2015 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Rhone

100.0
£1,854.00
£928.00
£156.00

2015 Hermitage Chante Alouette Chapoutier Rhone

93.33

2015 Hermitage Chante Alouette Rhone

93.33
£517.00
£259.00
£517.00

2015 Condrieu Invitare Chapoutier Rhone

2015 Condrieu Invitare Rhone

£448.00
£448.00

2015 Ermitage Les Greffieux Chapoutier Rhone

98.5

2015 Ermitage Les Greffieux Rhone

98.5
£1,611.00
£808.00
£136.00

2015 Ermitage L'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

98.75

2015 Ermitage L'Ermite Rhone

98.75
£4,713.00
£2,357.00
£392.00

2015 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Chapoutier Rhone

94.5

2015 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Rhone

94.5
£509.00
£255.00

2014 Cotes du Rhone Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Cotes du Rhone Rhone

£195.00
£19.00

2014 St Joseph Rouge les Granits Chapoutier Rhone

2014 St Joseph Rouge les Granits Rhone

£385.00
£194.00

2014 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

£593.00
£297.00

2014 Ermitage L'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Ermitage L'Ermite Rhone

£1,646.00
£826.00
£139.00

2014 Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau Rhone

£145.00
£145.00

2014 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Rhone

£3,420.00
£3,420.00
£1,709.00
£286.00

2014 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

£676.00
£676.00
£339.00

2014 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Rhone

£1,358.00
£1,358.00
£678.00
£1,358.00
£116.00

2014 St Joseph Deschants Chapoutier Rhone

2014 St Joseph Deschants Rhone

£166.00
£166.00
£166.00
£17.00
£31.00

2014 Crozes Hermitage Les Meysonniers Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Crozes Hermitage Les Meysonniers Rhone

£185.00
£185.00

2014 Ermitage Les Greffieux Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Ermitage Les Greffieux Rhone

£1,063.00
£531.00
£179.00

2014 Crozes Hermitage Les Varonniers Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Crozes Hermitage Les Varonniers Rhone

£437.00
£437.00

2014 Ermitage Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Ermitage Le Meal Rhone

£1,079.00
£539.00

2014 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Chapoutier Rhone

2014 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Rhone

£1,333.00
£665.00
£1,333.00
£113.00

2013 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Chapoutier Rhone

100.0

2013 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Rhone

100.0
£1,703.00
£854.00
£1,703.00
£854.00

2013 St Joseph Rouge les Granits Chapoutier Rhone

2013 St Joseph Rouge les Granits Rhone

£303.00
£153.00

2013 Ermitage Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

2013 Ermitage Le Meal Rhone

£1,039.00
£1,039.00
£89.00

2013 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

2013 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Rhone

£2,896.00
£1,447.00
£2,896.00
£1,447.00
£2,028.00

2013 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

100.0

2013 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Rhone

100.0
£3,420.00
£3,420.00
£3,420.00
£286.00

2013 Ermitage Le Pavillon Chapoutier Rhone

97.0

2013 Ermitage Le Pavillon Rhone

97.0
£2,236.00
£2,236.00
£1,119.00

2013 St Joseph Les Granits Chapoutier Rhone

92.0

2013 St Joseph Les Granits Rhone

92.0
£517.00
£259.00

2012 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

100.0

2012 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Rhone

100.0
£2,459.00
£1,229.00

2012 St Joseph Les Granits Chapoutier Rhone

96.0

2012 St Joseph Les Granits Rhone

96.0
£533.00
£47.00
£184.00
£373.00

2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

94.0

2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

94.0
£443.00
£40.00

2012 Ermitage L'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

100.0

2012 Ermitage L'Ermite Rhone

100.0
£2,493.00
£2,493.00
£1,246.00
£209.00

2012 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

97.0

2012 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Rhone

97.0
£1,297.00
£647.00
£110.00

2012 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

97.0

2012 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

97.0
£782.00
£389.00
£68.00

2012 Ermitage Les Greffieux Chapoutier Rhone

2012 Ermitage Les Greffieux Rhone

£972.00
£84.00

2012 Cote Rotie Les Becasses Chapoutier Rhone

91.0

2012 Cote Rotie Les Becasses Rhone

91.0
£521.00
£46.00

2012 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Chapoutier Rhone

99.0

2012 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Rhone

99.0
£2,641.00
£1,321.00
£2,641.00
£2,707.00
£221.00
£902.00
£1,850.00

2012 Hermitage Blanc Chante Alouette Chapoutier Rhone

2012 Hermitage Blanc Chante Alouette Rhone

£479.00
£240.00

2012 Crozes Hermitage Les Varonniers Chapoutier Rhone

92.0

2012 Crozes Hermitage Les Varonniers Rhone

92.0
£426.00
£426.00
£214.00
£39.00

2012 Ermitage Le Pavillon Chapoutier Rhone

100.0

2012 Ermitage Le Pavillon Rhone

100.0
£2,375.00
£1,187.00

2012 Ermitage Les Greffieux Vieilles Vignes Chapoutier Rhone

96.0

2012 Ermitage Les Greffieux Vieilles Vignes Rhone

96.0
£1,125.00
£1,125.00

2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

92.25

2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

92.25
£457.00
£229.00

2011 Ermitage Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

98.0

2011 Ermitage Le Meal Rhone

98.0
£1,309.00
£1,309.00

2011 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

2011 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Rhone

£2,699.00
£1,350.00

2011 Ermitage Le Pavillon Chapoutier Rhone

100.0

2011 Ermitage Le Pavillon Rhone

100.0
£2,513.00
£1,256.00
£211.00
£419.00

2011 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

99.0

2011 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Rhone

99.0
£1,782.00
£892.00
£150.00

2011 Crozes Hermitage Les Varonniers Chapoutier Rhone

95.0

2011 Crozes Hermitage Les Varonniers Rhone

95.0
£464.00
£464.00
£233.00

2011 Ermitage Les Greffieux Vieilles Vignes Chapoutier Rhone

93.0

2011 Ermitage Les Greffieux Vieilles Vignes Rhone

93.0
£908.00
£908.00

2011 Hermitage Blanc Chante Alouette Chapoutier Rhone

2011 Hermitage Blanc Chante Alouette Rhone

£593.00
£52.00

2011 Ermitage L'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

98.0

2011 Ermitage L'Ermite Rhone

98.0
£2,285.00
NEW
£2,285.00
£1,142.00
NEW
£1,142.00

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Chapoutier Rhone

93.5

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rhone

93.5
£557.00
£279.00
£279.00
£95.00

2010 Hermitage Vin De Paille Chapoutier Rhone

100.0

2010 Hermitage Vin De Paille Rhone

100.0
£3,635.00
£455.00
£157.00

2010 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

92.25

2010 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

92.25
£900.00
£450.00

2010 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Chapoutier Rhone

91.5

2010 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Rhone

91.5
£473.00
£237.00
£42.00

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Chapoutier Rhone

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine Rhone

£321.00
Duty Paid £321.00

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

95.25

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

95.25
£888.00
£908.00
£931.00
£150.00

2010 Condrieu Invitare Chapoutier Rhone

89.0

2010 Condrieu Invitare Rhone

89.0
£387.00
£35.00

2010 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

98.17

2010 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Rhone

98.17
£2,250.00
£2,250.00
£1,126.00
NEW
£2,250.00
£375.00

2010 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Chapoutier Rhone

96.0

2010 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree Rhone

96.0
£2,321.00
£2,321.00
£1,160.00
£2,321.00
£2,379.00
£195.00
£386.00
£793.00

2010 Ermitage L'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

100.0

2010 Ermitage L'Ermite Rhone

100.0
£4,407.00
£4,407.00
£2,202.00
£367.00
Duty Paid £367.00
£735.00

2010 Ermitage Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

96.75

2010 Ermitage Le Meal Rhone

96.75
£2,291.00
£1,145.00
£192.00

2010 Ermitage Les Greffieux Vieilles Vignes Chapoutier Rhone

95.0

2010 Ermitage Les Greffieux Vieilles Vignes Rhone

95.0
£1,709.00
£1,709.00

2009 Ermitage L'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

98.0

2009 Ermitage L'Ermite Rhone

98.0
£2,118.00
£2,118.00
£1,060.00
£353.00

2009 St Joseph Les Granits Chapoutier Rhone

95.67

2009 St Joseph Les Granits Rhone

95.67
£530.00
Duty Paid £530.00
£266.00
Duty Paid £47.00
£91.00

2009 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Chapoutier Rhone

92.5

2009 Cote Rotie La Mordoree Rhone

92.5
£873.00
£873.00

2009 Ermitage Les Greffieux Chapoutier Rhone

95.0

2009 Ermitage Les Greffieux Rhone

95.0
£924.00
£924.00

2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier Rhone

96.0

2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rhone

96.0
£672.00
£672.00

2009 Crozes Hermitage Les Varonniers Chapoutier Rhone

92.0

2009 Crozes Hermitage Les Varonniers Rhone

92.0
£455.00
£228.00

2009 Ermitage Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

99.5

2009 Ermitage Le Meal Rhone

99.5
£2,547.00
£1,274.00
£425.00

2009 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Chapoutier Rhone

98.0

2009 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc Rhone

98.0
£605.00
£303.00

2009 Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne Chapoutier Rhone

2009 Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne Rhone

£473.00
£42.00

2009 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Chapoutier Rhone

99.5

2009 Ermitage Blanc l'Ermite Rhone

99.5
£3,393.00
£1,695.00

2009 Condrieu Invitare Chapoutier Rhone

2009 Condrieu Invitare Rhone

£612.00
£54.00

2009 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Chapoutier Rhone

99.0

2009 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal Rhone

99.0
£1,468.00
£1,468.00

2009 Ermitage Les Greffieux Vieilles Vignes Chapoutier Rhone

94.0

2009 Ermitage Les Greffieux Vieilles Vignes Rhone

94.0
£1,434.00
£716.00

2009 St Joseph Deschants Blanc Chapoutier Rhone

2009 St Joseph Deschants Blanc Rhone

£190.00
£35.00
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