Shivani Vora, who also contributes to the New York Times, chose five bottles of ‘secret’ wine that are produced on the same estates as high-end wines but at a more affordable price point. Among them is Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier:
These hidden gems are sometimes produced on the same estates using the same grapes as the super stars, but the fruit for them usually comes from younger vines and isn’t considered to be up to snuff for the top-end wine. In other instances, they’re made in a different region altogether.—SHIVANI VORA
“A family-run enterprise based out of France’s Rhone region and dating back to the late 19th century, Chapoutier is a hero for the $420 hot ticket Ermitage l’Ermite. Always in search of a new adventure, however, head winemaker Michel Chapoutier decided to try his hand at producing in other countries and brought his vision to fruition at the Malakoff estate in Central Victoria with this Shiraz. The medium-bodied varietal is a collaboration with well-known wine importer Anthony Terlato and has a distinct cherry aroma with hints of dark chocolate and a black plum aftertaste. Unlike most Shiraz’s from this part of the world where the alcohol content can run 15 percent or more, the Terlato and Chapoutier is a gentler 13 percent.”
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