From the May 2014 issue of Wine Spectator, notes and scores by James Molesworth:
M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac 2011
Presents a smoldering feel from the start, with singed bay leaf, alder and tobacco notes leading the way for mulled currant, blackberry coulis and dark licorice flavors. Picks up a charcoal spine through the finish, showing ample depth. Best from 2015 through 2025.
M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois 2011
Fresh and silky, with a perfumy, focused beam of cherry, red currant and sandalwood notes, lined with hints of shiso and tobacco leaf. The aromatic qualities linger through the stylish, mineral-tinged finish. Best from 2016 through 2026.
M. Chapoutier Ermitage L’Ermite 2011
Tightly coiled, with a briary frame around the core of intense steeped plum, red currant and black cherry fruit. An iron spine drives the focused finish. A wine of cut and precision that will need time to stretch out fully. Best from 2016 through 2030.
M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 2011
Densely packed, with dark plum, currant paste and macerated fig fruit, offset by a zesty edge. Briary tannins stride along with the copious fruit, revealing lots of spice and bramble notes on the finish. Very dense for the vintage. Best from 2016 through 2030.
M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Méal 2011
Mulled plum, loganberry and blackberry fruit is melded together in this red, studded with anise, briar and singed mesquite notes. A light tarry backdrop frames the long finish. Best from 2015 through 2030.
M. Chapoutier Ermitage Les Greffieux 2011
Offers a mouthfilling, brambly feel, with dark plum, steeped blackberry and mulled boysenberry fruit at the core, backed by anise, singed mesquite and black tea notes that give the finish a perfumy caste. Has depth and power but stays remarkably refined. Best from 2016 through 2030.
M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2011
Ripe, with a lovely ensemble of loganberry, raspberry and blackberry fruit at the core, backed by singed anise, alder and briar notes. Shows good energy through the finish, with a backdrop of mulled spice that should emerge with cellaring. Best from 2015 through 2021.
M. Chapoutier Ermitage White L’Ermite 2011
Ripe and rich, with a warm piecrust frame around a core of salted butter, creamed Jonagold apple, verbena, shortbread and candied citrus peel, which all pump through the finish. Well-embedded acidity keeps this driving along. The finish is sneakily long, with a mineral element mixing with the ripe fruit. Best from 2016 through 2026.
M. Chapoutier Ermitage White de l’Orée 2011
Jonagold apple, pear, persimmon and lemon curd notes glide along, carried by hints of brioche and macadamia nut before giving way to a lightly toasted almond edge on the finish. Still shows a hint of raw youth, so let this settle in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2024.
M. Chapoutier Ermitage White Le Méal 2011
A matchstick hint gives way to creamed apple, melon, heather and salted butter notes. Offers weight, depth and definition, opening up pleasantly in the glass. The long finish has a creamy feel. Drink now through 2022.
M. Chapoutier St-Joseph Les Granits 2011
Very sleek, with a beam of dark cherry, red currant and plum fruit, lined with subtle notes of black tea, ganache and incense. This has deceptive grip and should age nicely, revealing a lovely balance overall. Drink now through 2021.
M. Chapoutier St-Joseph White Les Granits 2011
Salted butter, warm brioche, chamomile and creamed Jonagold apple notes glide together seamlessly in this version, backed by a creamy, pure, stone-tinged finish. Drink now through 2019.
M. Chapoutier Cote-Rotie La Mordorée 2011
This has a gorgeous mouthfeel, with a velvety yet racy edge allowing the dark plum, black cherry compote, anise, iron and dark olive notes to unfurl through the long finish. Should age well. Best from 2016 through 2026.