Type: Hermitage “Vin de Paille”
Grape Variety Used: 100% Marsanne
Alcohol Level: 14%
Length/Type of Fermentation: The grapes are picked ripe including several selective pickings before being put to dry on a bed of straw for at least 2 months before pressing. The must is very concentrated, with a minimum 360 g sugar per liter. After the fermentation, the alcoholic strengh is about 15% vol. for 105 g per liter of residual sugar.
Length/Type of Aging: The fermentation and maturing take place entirely in new oak casks and last from 24 to 36 months.
Unlike Burgundy and Bordeaux, the Rhône does not have an official cru (vineyard) classification system. There are, however, lieux-dits, “named places” or place names that denote vineyard sites and plots within each appellation. Chapoutier owns some of the most famous plots in the Rhône, including 34 hectares within the tiny Hermitage appellation. This collection of highly sought after wines is coined “Selections Parcellaires”. These exceptional wines are created organically and biodinamically and imported to the United States once per year.
The winemaking process of the Vin de Paille has its roots in the vineyard of the Hermitage. Drawing from traditional winemaking of the area, Michel Chapoutier has been devoting a part of his white Hermitage crop to raisining on straw beds since 1990.