Featured in the February 2015 issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine, M. Chapoutier is highlighted as some of this year’s best Rhone wines with all receiving 90+ scores:
91 points M. Chapoutier 2012 Crozes-Hermitage Petite Ruche
From the fruit of young vines, this is supple and generous, the intensity of the flavors recalling strawberry jam on buttered toast. It feels fresh and polished, well done in a chic, modern style.
90 points M. Chapoutier 2012 Hermitage Chante-Alouette
Pineapple-ripe and padded with the richness of oak, this is marsanne at its most bodacious. Blended from 3 parts of the Hermitage hill, it speaks of the richer, warmer soils of the lower half, and of the sun that bathes the slope.
90 points M. Chapoutier 2011 Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne
A selection of fruit from Méal, Bessards and Greffieux, this is tight and reticent, needing a day of air to get beyond its oak. Even then, the purple fruit feels held back by granite tannins, the contrast of ripe fruit and cool rock a reminder of the vintage’s cool spells. Drink now with a thick steak or hold another 7 to 10 years.