Bill St. John recommends 2011 Crozes-Hermitage La Petite Ruche

Here’s what leading wine writer Bill St. John had to say about the 2011 M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage La Petite Ruche in last week’s Chicago Tribune:

2011 M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage “La Petite Ruche,” Rhone, France: All syrah, on the accessible side; mildly tannic, effusively fruity, round and rich; black cherry with grace notes of anise and earth.

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Joe Czerwinski (Wine Enthusiast): “Perhaps the best Sizeranne I’ve ever tasted”

New scores from Wine Enthusiast Rhône editor Joe Czerwinski (Advanced Guide):

M. Chapoutier 2010 Monier de la Sizeranne Hermitage (Cellar Selection)
93 points

Perhaps the best Sizeranne I’ve ever tasted, the 2010 displays extra levels of richness and structure. Plum and coffee-bean notes are lightened and brightened by hints of cherries and raspberries that linger easily on the velvety finish. Delicious already, it should continue to drink well through at least 2020.

M. Chapoutier 2010 Les Arènes Cornas
91 points

A hint of cedar accents aromas of black olive and plum, while the flavors manage to blend those elements into a harmonious, savory package before ending on a lengthy espresso note. This finely textured Cornas may be tough to come by, as only 60 six packs were imported. Drink now–2020.

James Molesworth: 93 points for 2012 Hermitage White Chante-Alouette

From the July 16, 2014 issue of Wine Spectator Insider:

M. Chapoutier Hermitage White Chante-Alouette 2012
93 points

Salted butter, chamomile, lemon rind and white peach notes course along, inlaid with honeysuckle and verbena hints. Mineral-driven finish. Drink now through 2022.—James Molesworth

Anthony Dias Blue: 95 points for Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier 2009 L Block Shiraz

Please click here for the complete digital issue (July 2014) of Anthony Dias Blue’s Tasting Panel.

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A complete survey of M. Chapoutier’s vineyards posted by Jancis Robinson

“Every year,” writes Master of Wine and wine writer Jancis Robinson, “we publish tasting notes on the latest primeur releases of the single-vineyard (Sélections Parcellaires) wines of the energetic Michel Chapoutier, pioneer of much, including biodynamic viticulture, Braille labels and Franco-Australian joint ventures. Each year it seems as though the Chapoutier empire is expanding and becoming a bit more confusing, so I asked them to send me a complete list of their own vineyards to date.”

Click here for her post (you must be a subscriber to access).

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A new video with Michel in which he reflects on the role of chemicals & biodynamics in winemaking

Please click here (or the image below) for Michel’s new webinar.

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“Your best wines are never the consequence of your genius” Michel interviewed by WineSearcher

“Your best wines are never the consequence of your genius,” says Michel Chapoutier in an interview with, “but the consequence of hazard [chance].”

“You live your life chasing the luck you had when you made some amazing wines,” says Michel. “You speak to old winemakers and ask them: ‘What is the best wine you ever made?’ They will tell you and then if you ask: ‘Why didn’t you make it again?’ they say there was some climatological reason but nothing different in the winery.”

Click here for this truly compelling Q&A with Michel, published last week on


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