Maison Chapoutier and Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Score 91+ Points on WineSpectator.com

La Sizeranne NV_091 pts –  M. Chapoutier La Sizeranne 2012

Singed juniper and mesquite notes lead the way, followed by a sleek core of damson plum, red currant and pomegranate fruit flavors. Features a long, sandalwood- and iron-tinged finish. Not dense, but focused and tight-grained. Drink now through 2023. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. –JAMES MOLESWORTH

93 pts – Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier L Block 2010

Rich and minerally, layered with stone, slate and moss overtones, this offers a sleek core of black cherry and floral flavors. Features great presence, and ample density without excess weight, finishing with intensity. Best from 2017 through 2022.  –HARVEY STEIMAN


Michel Chapoutier Shares His Insights on Entry-Level Wines in the Rhone Valley in iSanté Magazine

MichelWine writer Roger Morris interviewed Michel Chapoutier before a press conference wrapping up the 8th Edition of the Découvertes en Vallée du Rhone in Avignon and discovered some interesting tidbits about the legendary winemaker’s views on entry-level wines in the Rhone:

“The Rhone’s new customers are people who are young, and people who are American,” he said, explaining that he believes Rhone winemakers can no longer rely on the reputations of just their legendary wines, such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Hermitage, Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu.

Chapoutier would like to see more vineyards in areas near Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph making such entry level wines as part of the Côtes-du-Rhone system that currently is almost exclusively a southern Rhone brand.  That said, he welcomes the experimentation that comes with the non-appellation wines such as the IGP’s, Vins de Pays and the new Vins de France being made in the Rhone Valley, even though they are not part of the Inter Rhone umbrella.

 –ROGER MORRIS

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Wine Advocate Re-Tastes 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape – Chapoutier Receives 95-pt. Score

Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate recently took another look at the 2005 vintage of Chateauneuf du Pape, now 10 years old. M. Chapoutier’s Croix de Bois scored 95 points, a second time:

MCH_MODIFS FT PARCELLAIRES ROUGE_230695 pts – 2005 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois

Chapoutier’s 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois is gorgeous, and while I’ve always preferred the Barbe Rac to this cuvee, I think the quality between the two is neck and neck. A blend of 100% Grenache that was vinified and aged all in concrete, this naked, raw expression of the variety gives up classic jammy dark fruits, toasted bread, garrigue, red licorice and sweet spice on the nose. Silky, refined and elegant, yet with full-bodied richness and tons of character, it’s a knockout bottle of Grenache to drink anytime over the coming 5-7 years. (Feb 2015)

95 pts – 2005 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois

The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois is brilliant. Notes of licorice, seaweed, cedar, and copious black currant and sweet cherry notes are present in the provocative aromatics. Ripe, full-bodied, and dense, with moderately high tannin, terrific concentration, and a deep ruby color, this is a brilliant wine that tips the scales at 16.5% natural alcohol, whereas the 2006 was at 15.3%. Look for the 2005 to hit its peak in 2-3 years and last for 15 or more years. (Oct 2007)


Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Voignier Featured on The Amateur Gastronomer

dtcshira-viog-nvbotl300dpiIn honor of Australian #ShirazWeek, Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Viognier 2013 is featured on the popular online wine, food, travel and entertainment magazine The Amateur Gastronomer. Click here to read the full article.

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M. Chapoutier Video: Rebuilding the Stone Walls at Hermitage

Click here to access a video of the helicopters rebuilding the infamous stone walls at Hermitage on the M. Chapoutier property.

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M. Chapoutier 2012 Whites Showcased in Wine Spectator Insider with 96-98 Point Scores

ERMITE B 2012 TTB98 points: M. Chapoutier Ermitage White L’Ermite 2012

Features a weighty core of honey-edged melon, yellow apple, jasmine and white peach flavors, but this is racy and vibrant overall, with dried chamomile, quinine and fleur de sel notes running from start to finish. The finish ripples with energy and minerality, while the fruit courses on. Drink now through 2025. From France.—J.M.

97 points: M. Chapoutier Ermitage White de l’Orée 2012

Densely layered, with ginger geleé, creamed pineapple, heather honey and lemon shortbread notes, all offset by a racy salted butter spine. Bright honeysuckle and chamomile accents dapple the finish, which shows terrific length and definition. Drink now through 2022. From France.—J.M.

96 points: M. Chapoutier Ermitage White Le Méal 2012

This rolls along, featuring a honeyed edge and straw, heather and creamed apple notes, all gilded with pineapple, papaya and Cavaillon melon accents. Long and luxurious, with an echo of dried chamomile lending just the right amount of spine for balance. Drink now through 2020. From France.—J.M.


Marius White 2013 Recommended as ‘Best Value’ in Wine Spectator

Wine SpectatorM. Chapoutier’s 2013 Marius White is recommended as a ‘Best Value’ in the March 31 issue of Wine Spectator. Best Value wines are defined as wines with solid scores, modest prices, and wide distribution in the U.S.


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