Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select our Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world.
This year Chapoutier made the list TWICE!
Fresh and expressive, medium-weight but vivid, with black cherry and floral notes, balanced by a stony minerality that glides into the long finish against fine tannins. Drink now through 2020.
#77 – M. Chapoutier Chante Alouette 2014
Gorgeous, showing remarkable range, with jasmine, honeysuckle, acacia and chamomile notes leading the way, followed by star fruit, yellow apple and green fig fruit flavors. The long, mineral-edged finish adds just the right amount tension, while the fruit and floral elements cascade over one another. Drink now through 2029.
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Wine and Spirits Contributor Nick Passmore calls the 2012 Chante-Alouette “a sublime white wine.” In his latest column on Forbes.com, M. Chapoutier Chante Alouette is recommended as a luxury wine for Thanksgiving. “Gloriously rich & succulent – all mangos and white peaches — followed by a nutty, more restrained finish.”—NICK PASSMORE
Pair the Chante-Alouette with roast chicken or with some of your heartier side dishes. It’ll accentuate the floral and acidic elements of your cranberry sauce too.
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Winemaker Pierre Lurton visited Chapoutier’s table during one of the Grand Tastings evenings at NYWE in October and highly enjoyed tasting the featured wine, M. Chapoutier La Sizeranne 2011:
2011 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne—Lurton loved the ripe blackberry fruitiness in this wine. Also noted, spicy and wild brambly notes.
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John Livingstone-Learmonth, DWWA Regional Chair for Rhone, picked M. Chapoutier Chante Alouette 2013:
“Exotic aromas leap out of the glass, pound the senses, and the wine runs around the room trailing clouds of glory. A sumptuous morale booster…The wine of dreams.”–JOHN
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M. Chapoutier receives several 90+ Scores in the November 15 issue of Wine Spectator:
94 pts – M. CHAPOUTIER Hermitage White Chante-Alouette 2013
Intense, exhibiting a honeyed feel as creamed apple, pear and papaya notes meld with toasted hazelnut and brioche details. Pretty verbena and chamomile hints flitter underneath, giving this lift and range. Shows a nice echo of salted butter at the very end. Best from 2016 through 2022.–JM
92 pts – M. CHAPOUTIER Crozes-Hermitage White Les Meysonniers 2014
A flattering style, with creamed melon, peach and heather notes carrying through the soft, caressing finish, kept honest by a salted butter hint. Shows lovely length and fruit expression. Drink now through 2017. –JM
91 pts – M. CHAPOUTIER Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine 2013
Plum sauce and crushed blackberry notes are inlaid with leather, juniper, bay leaf and warm paving stone notes in this broad and fleshy red. The grippy, tarry finish needs some cellaring to round into form. Best from 2017 through 2026. –JM
91 pts – M. CHAPOUTIER Crozes-Hermitage White Petite Ruche 2014
Juicy yellow apple, white peach and verbena notes are laced with a honeysuckle edge, leading to a bright, pure finish. Drink now. –JM
On Monday, October 26, D’Artagnan will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary at Intro Chicago with a five-course dinner paired with M. Chapoutier wines.
Several renowned chefs will be crafting together the meal including Aaron Martinez, Stephen Gillanders, Doug Psaltis, Mike Sheerin and David Posey.
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In the September 30th issue of Wine Spectator, M. Chapoutier La Bernardine 2012 and M. Chapoutier Petite Ruche Blanc 2013 both scored 90-point ratings:
90 points: M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine 2012
“Focused, with a solid core of red currant and raspberry fruit lined with brambly tannins and backed by dried anise and lavender notes. A light echo of warm stone runs through the finish, adding length. Drink now through 2022.” –James Molesworth.
90 points: M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage White Petite Ruche 2013
“Offers a nice, racy feel, with yellow apple skin and dried pineapple notes moving along, backed by honeysuckle and star fruit hints. Bright and energetic. Drink now.” –James Molesworth.