Without any formal hierarchical cru system existing in the Rhône Valley, Maison M. Chapoutier have been at the forefront of a movement of establishing lieux-dits in the Rhone to express the unique character of each of their individual sites.

 

The history of one of the Rhone valley’s most renowned producers, dates back to 1808, but the Maison’s modern story began in 1988, when Michel Chapoutier stepped in. Michel, who has become a leader and an example for the whole generation of winemakers, brought several bold changes both to the vineyards and to the winery. He abandoned the traditional chestnut foudres in favour of smaller oak casks with shorter aging periods, introduced organic and biodynamic principles across all the vineyards and started keeping the wines unfiltered and unfined. His dedicated work took the quality of the wines to a new level and brought an international recognition to the estate.

 

Chapoutier now runs multiple vineyards across Northern and Southern Rhone, including plots in Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and several other appellations. The pride of the estates are their single vineyard wines, The Sélections Parcellaires, each one of them being a truly unique celebration of the concept of terroir. With only 100 to 700 cases produced annually, these unofficial “Grand Cru” wines are sourced from ancient vines with tiny yields and are considered among the greatest red and white wines in the world.

 

Chapoutier also produces generic AOC-level wines, known for their excellent value: “The ever-active Michel Chapoutier continue to churn out a huge number of high-quality wines, both from his base in the northern Rhône, but also here in the south. While his top cuvees are always noteworthy, his value releases have soared in quality over the past few years and these are well worth your time and money” (Jeb Dunnuck).

Available Wines

2019 M. Chapoutier, Hermitage, Le Pavillon 6x75cl

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£1,040/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2019 M. Chapoutier, Hermitage, Le Meal Rouge 6x75cl

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£850/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2018 M. Chapoutier, Hermitage, Les Greffieux 6x75cl

JD97RP96VM97
£995/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2018 M. Chapoutier, Hermitage, l’Ermite Rouge 6x75cl

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£1,100/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2018 M. Chapoutier, Hermitage, Le Pavillon 6x75cl

JD98+RP97VM96
£1,000/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2018 M. Chapoutier, Cote Rotie, La Mordoree 6x75cl

JD97-99RP96VM95
£435/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate