M. Chapoutier Scores 92 Points in Southern Rhone Report by Vinous Media
Josh Raynolds at Vinous Media just released his report on Southern Rhone including several new scores for the 2013 vintage of M. Chapoutier:
92 pts: Maison Chapoutier 2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois
(aged in used demi-muids): Ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of raspberry, fresh flowers and Asian spices. Densely packed, lively and focused on the palate; a bright mineral note lifts the ripe red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Shows impressive heft and energy, finishing with velvety tannins and lingering red berry and lavender flourishes.
92 pts: Maison Chapoutier 2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe-Rac
(aged entirely in concrete tanks): Brilliant ruby-red. Explosively perfumed aromas of fresh raspberry, spicecake and potpourri take on a smoky mineral nuance with air. Offers palate-staining red fruit and floral flavors that stretch out and turn sweeter and spicier with air. Closes silky, minerally and long, with sneaky tannins and an emphatic echo of raspberry.
90 pts: Maison Chapoutier 2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine
Deep ruby. Fresh, smoke-accented dark fruits and floral oils on the nose, acquiring a spicy element in the glass. Supple and seamless in texture, offering spice-tinged black raspberry and boysenberry flavors lifted and focused by juicy acidity. The floral note comes back on a firm, chewy finish that shows building tannins and lingering smokiness.
(90-92) pts: Maison Chapoutier 2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine
Vivid red. A high-pitched, spice-accented bouquet of ripe red and dark berries, peppery spices and minerals, accompanied by a strong potpourri quality. Supple and expansive, offering juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight and become sweeter with air. In a plush, seamless style, displaying strong finishing thrust and smooth, slowly building tannins that add shape.
(91-93) pts: Maison Chapoutier 2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe-Rac
(raised entirely in concrete vats): Brilliant ruby. Aromas of fresh dark berries, spicecake, licorice and potpourri gain vivacity from a mineral element. Stains the palate with energetic blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that become deeper and sweeter with air. Rich yet quite lithe, showing no excess fat. The floral and spice qualities come back strong on the gently tannic, penetrating finish, which hangs on with outstanding tenacity.
(92-94) pts: Maison Chapoutier 2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois
Vivid ruby-red. Highly expressive red fruit liqueur, lavender, Asian spice and mineral aromas display impressive clarity and pick up a deeper licorice nuance with air. Sappy, incisive raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show excellent depth, conveying a surprisingly delicate touch and a hint of candied flowers that emerges on the back half. Silky and seamless in texture, finishing with superb finishing lift and persistence, while smooth tannins lend gentle grip.