CHAPOUTIER (Maison M.)

CHAPOUTIER (Maison M.)

RHONE VALLEY
Owner:
Michel Chapoutier
Manager:
Michel Chapoutier
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The family wine-producing company, Maison M. Chapoutier, is the oldest and largest house of the Hermitage appellation based in the town of Tain. The family has vineyards in numerous regions of the Rhone but also elsewhere in France, including the Roussillon, but even in Australia. The family jewels however are the 34 hectares of vines in some of the most prestigious plots on the Hermitage hill and of course the majestic wines made from their grapes.
CHAPOUTIER (Maison M.)

The House of Chapoutier had its origins when a member of the family came to the Rhone area from a village in the nearby Ardèche region before the French Revolution. After working for a wine firm named Vogelgesang, this same Chapoutier was able to buy out the company with a partner in 1808. It was a descendant, Polydor Chapoutier, who was the first to buy vines in 1879, and this has continued until in the modern era, with purchases over the decades in Hermitage, Côte Rotie, St.- Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage and further south in Châteauneuf du Pape.
In 1990 Michel Chapoutier succeeded his father and this was indeed a turning point in the history of Maison Chapoutier as the ever dynamic and outspoken Michel brought new energy, focus and vision to the wine production, which now includes some of the most iconic wines of the Rhone. The words that best describe Maison M. Chapoutier: humility and determination. It is an Estate that nurtures its vineyards with the greatest respect for natural balance and terroir since 1808.

The most complex and enthralling wines are the specific plot or "parcellaire" wines including from Hermitage three sumptuous whites made from old vine Marsanne grapes (De l’Orée from Les Murets, Le Méal coming from the hillside of the same name and L’Ermite made from a tiny plot of 100-year-old Marsanne vines at the top of the Hermitage hill), as well as three reds made from old vine Syrah (Pavillon from the Bessards sector in the middle of the hillside slope, Le Méal and l’Ermite). From Côte Rotie, there is La Mordorée from the Côte Blonde and Brune area using 100% Syrah and no Viognier, and from Châteauneuf du Pape, the stunning Barbe Rac made exclusively from old vine Grenache.

The family motto "Fac et Spera" – do and hope – says it all. Two words that sum up all the patience and daring that this art demands: patience in relation to nature which presides; daring for the winemaker, who observes, chooses and assists.