“Your best wines are never the consequence of your genius,” says Michel Chapoutier in an interview with WineSearcher.com, “but the consequence of hazard [chance].”
“You live your life chasing the luck you had when you made some amazing wines,” says Michel. “You speak to old winemakers and ask them: ‘What is the best wine you ever made?’ They will tell you and then if you ask: ‘Why didn’t you make it again?’ they say there was some climatological reason but nothing different in the winery.”
Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier 2012 Shiraz/Viognier — Composed of 95% Shiraz and 5% Viognier, this wine was produced from fruit sourced in Central Victoria… Violet aromas dominate the nose of this wine, though lighter notes emerge as well due to the lift the Viognier provides. Plums and raspberry flavors light up the nose along with hints of savory herbs. Smoked meat characteristics, earth, and plenty of spices are all part of the finish. This is a gorgeous example of Shiraz highlighted by the soft, lush, and velvety mouth feel.
“The M. Chapoutier 2010 Ermitage L’Ermite,” writes Robb Report editor-in-chief Brett Anderson in the publication’s “Best of the Best” issue, “stuns the senses with aromas of sun-warmed wild blackberries, sweet tobacco, and charred bread, as well as flavors of ripe plum, hoisin, and game meat layered over a massive structure.”
This is the second consecutive year that an M. Chapoutier wine has been featured in the magazine’s “Best of the Best.”
From the June issue of Wine Spectator (including the Savvy Shopper guide and Buying Guide);
Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier Victoria 2012
Vibrant, expressive and distinctive, with citrus and mineral overtones around a core of blueberry and spice, lingering on the taut finish.
Best from 2016 through 2020.—Harvey Steiman
Wine Spectator’s “Pick of the Day” (May 7, 2014):
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. 13 cases imported.—James Molesworth
Three wines by M. Chapoutier will be featured this year at the prestigious Wine & Spirits Magazine Top of the List Event and Tasting.
They include La Bernardine 2011, Petite Ruche Rouge 2012, Belleruche Rouge 2012.
Event details and registration info:
Wine & Spirits Magazine 6th Annual Top of the List Event
Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
125 West 18th Street, NY 10011
“Chapoutier is believed to possess the largest portfolio of organic and biodynamic wines in the world,” writes Katie Kelly Bell, wine writer for Forbes magazine. “The [2011 Michel Chapoutier] Sizeranne, Hermitage is an earthy, woodsy wine with warm spice and currant on the palate. Minerality, fine tannins and mouth-watering acidity give it a powerful elegance. This was one of the first wines to use braille on the label. Count Sizeranne is credited as the inventor of Braille.”