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The #Winophiles Feature M. Chapoutier Wines

A group of wine writers called the “Winophiles” featured M. Chapoutier wines in March, 2018, pairing several wines with different dishes.

Many Chapoutier Wines Highly Rated in Wine Advocate



Reviews of selected M. Chapoutier wines by Jeb Dunnuck in Wine Advocate, October, 2017.

96-98 points: M. Chapoutier 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois

“Last of the 2016-barrel samples, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois comes from a parcel on the eastern side of the appellation and is, as always, 100% Grenache brought up in concrete. It’s similarly colored to the Barbe Rac and offers the classic ripe, pure, sexy style of the cuvée. Blackberries, blueberries, crushed herbs, pepper and beautiful minerality all emerge from this full-bodied, uber-concentrated, ultra-pure 2016 and like a lot of 2016s might just be another best yet.”

95-98 points: M. Chapoutier 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac

“Tasted out of tank, the deep ruby/purple-colored 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac (100% Grenache raised all in concrete) offers a deep, intense bouquet of smoke red and black fruits, garrigue, black pepper and exotic spice. A big, rich, incredibly unctuous tank sample, it has building tanning and sensational purity.”

90 points: M. Chapoutier 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Blanc

Made from Grenache Blanc and Clairette, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine offers a richer, lively style in its ripe orchard fruits, caramelized pineapple, mineral, and honeycomb. Fresh, lively and pure, with good acidity as well as texture, drink it over the coming 4-5 years.”

90-92 points: M. Chapoutier 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine

“The entry-level Châteauneuf-du-Pape that includes some purchases grapes, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine delivers a charming, forward, downright delicious profile as well as lots of the ripe, pure berry fruit, garrigue, and pepper that’s common in the vintage. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.”

96 points: M. Chapoutier 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac

“The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac comes from a single vineyard on the western side of the appellation. Made from 100% Grenache and brought up all in concrete tank, it offers a gorgeous bouquet of strawberry jam, garrigue, pepper and dried meat. Full-bodied, powerful, elegant and seamless on the palate, with a savory, layered, complex profile, give bottles 3-4 years and enjoy over the following 10-15.”

96 points: M. Chapoutier 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois

“The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois is another single vineyard cuvee made from 100% Grenache that was completely destemmed and aged all in concrete. It’s slightly deeper ruby colored than Barbe Rac and offers a more fruit-driven style. Blueberry, plums, black cherries, spring flowers and Asian spice. Building with time in the glass, ripe, voluptuous and elegant, yet also concentrated and structured, it needs 2-4 years of bottle age.”

90 points: M. Chapoutier 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine

“The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine is solid, and up with the best vintage of this cuvee to date. White pepper, Asian spices, and dried strawberry notes all emerge from this elegant, polished, impressively balanced Grenache that has fine tannin and a good finish. Drink it through 2025.”

91 points: M. Chapoutier 2016 Costières de Nîmes La Ciboise

“Coming from vines in the southern part of the Costières de Nîmes La Ciboise, which is a slightly cooler terroir, the 2016 Costières de Nîmes La Ciboise is rock solid, and I continue to see terrific wines from this appellation more and more. Black raspberries, strawberries, spring flowers and hints of spice all give way to a pure, polished red that has a great texture and a clean, dry finish.”

Wine Spectator: M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Petite Ruche 2014


90 points: M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Petite Ruche 2014

Bay and olive notes give this an old school edge, with a tangy sanguine detail cutting through the core of gently mulled cherry and damson plum fruit. A light white pepper hint runs through the finish. Drink now through 2021.”- James Molesworth.

Mathilde Chapoutier Grand Ferrage Selected as a Rosé to Drink this Summer by the Chicago Tribune

The Mathilde Chapoutier Grand Ferrage 2016 was selected by Joseph Hernandez as a rosé to be drinking this summer!


The guest list started small, but suddenly everyone from your college friends to their friends to the (super-fun) strangers who walked by and heard a party are in your backyard. The good news: Rosé makes wonderful sangria. Snag a few bottles of any of these selections, mix them with gin and ripe berries (or any summer fruit), and you’ll have a seemingly endless supply of party-friendly punch. Or you can jazz your glass up with a shock of soda water and farmers market fruit for a quick, light-as-air spritzer.

Mathilde Chapoutier Grand Ferrage 2016 (Provence, France): Easygoing on the palate, with delicate flavors of peaches and tangerines, this wine is for those who can’t get through Sunday brunch without a mimosa. It’s classic in almost every sense, down to its bright pink hue and pleasing freshness. $18.

Wine Enthusiast: Mathilde Chapoutier Grand Ferrage Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016


Wine Enthusiast

90 points: Mathilde Chapoutier Grand Ferrage Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016

This is the third release of the rosé produced by Mathilde Chapoutier, whose father, Michel, runs the famed Hermitage-based M. Chapoutier. It is a light-colored wine, a typical Provence blend with the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruity and with great acidity, it is light in texture, just hinting at minerality. Drink now.”- Roger Voss. (May 2017)

See the review here.

Mathilde Chapoutier Grand Ferrage Rosé in Food & Wine

Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle gets rosé season going in the June 2017 issue of Food & Wine, picking seven of his favorites. Among them, the 2016 Mathilde Chapoutier Grand Ferrage! →

Journeys of a Syrah Queen Covers Mathilde Côtes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rosé

Syrah Queen Rupal Shankar, FWS, spends some time with Mathilde Chapoutier, and samples her Côtes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rosé:

Côtes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rosé is her signature wine and is a perfect blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. This is the second vintage she has produced. At first when she approached her father to produce this wine, he was hesitant as he was not a fan of Provence rosés. Mathilde quickly changed his opinion with this wine, producing a dry rosé that Michel loves and drinks regularly.  Like Mathilde the wine is versatile, fun and full of charm.

Over the course of our dinner, we immediately sensed Mathilde’s elegance, grace and talent.  Not only did she make Côtes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rosé,  she also played with her inner artistic talents and designed the label for the wine.

Côtes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rosé (Retail $19.99) has a delicate pink hue and a silky texture that captured my palate.  It offered aromatic flavors of red fruit, exotic spice and floral notes. The wine explodes with energetic, vibrant, fresh fruit. Notes of citrus, raspberries, stone fruit, violets and nutmeg danced on the tongue. The wine had infinite persistence with a long mouthwatering finish and is absolutely stunning right till the end.  Like wines produced by her father, this rosé, has wonderful structure, juicy acidity, and minerality that captures the essence of the terroir.

See the full story here.

TheWineBlog: Grand Ferrage Rosé Is the Winning Wine

Philip S. Kampe’s said his goal “was to find the quintessential Rose.” It was Grand Ferrage Rosé. He writes:

Mathilde is a new generation winemaker. She does it all-designs the label-makes and markets the wine-and has the spirit of the ‘Flower Power Generation.’

She runs the show.

The 2016 Grand Ferrage is light, fruity and has an inner soul that coats and stays on your palate to tackle all types of food. At a recent lunch, the 2016 Grand Ferrage was put to the test and won-hands down-as a soup to nuts wine-one that was poured with each of the fifteen courses, including several that were gifts from the chef.

See the full story here.

A Wine Story Tastes Grand Ferrage Rosé with Mathilde Chapoutier

Marisa D’Vari, author of the “A Wine Story” blog, meets and tastes with Mathilde Chapoutier. She writes:

Mathilde is an amazing person — not just because of her fun sense of humor, good nature, and very French charm and beauty, but because she is also hardworking and enormously talented. She designed the label of the bottle herself, a summation of the “feeling” that Rosé wine gives her.

What makes Côtes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rosé a step above other Provence wines for me is the slight tannic edge of the wine, rendering it a great wine to enjoy with food and not just sip by the pool.

See the full story here.

Wine Advocate: Chapoutier Stands Out in 2006 Northern Rhône Retrospective

parker-logo-slider-2Jeb Dunnuck takes a look back at 2006 Northern Rhônes in the Feb. 28, 2017, Wine Advocate (Issue #229), with several Chapoutier reviews:

2006 M. Chapoutier Ermitage l’Ermite Blanc
100 points
The lightest colored of the three whites, the 2006 Ermitage l’Ermite Blanc is unquestionably one of the greatest white wines in the world today. Full-bodied, seamless, silky and yet hugely concentrated, with to-die-for notes of praline, caramelized fruits, liquid rock, toasted almonds and celery seed, it’s the quintessential Hermitage Blanc possessing an incredible amount of fruit and texture paired with elegance, purity and finesse.

2006 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree
99 points
More tight and reserved than the open-knit Le Meal Blanc, the 2006 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree offers a heavenly bouquet of caramelized orchard fruits, celery seed, buttered hazelnuts, orange blossom and white flowers. Just crazy good on the palate, with full-bodied richness and a seamless, unctuous texture, it has incredible purity, precision and length, with this liquid rock-like minerality on the finish. It’s just about as good as it gets, and while it’s drinking great today, it should keep for 2-3 decades.

2006 M. Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal Blanc
99 points
Easily the most exuberant and over the top of the three Ermitage Blanc cuvees, the 2006 Ermitage le Meal Blanc is still light gold in color and delivers a pedal-to-the-metal style in its honeysuckle, orange blossom, caramelized stone fruits, celery seed and even a hint of garlic. Deep, full-bodied, layered and seamless on the palate, it’s another wine that’s drinking at point today, yet will keep for another 2-3 decades.

2006 M. Chapoutier Ermitage l’Ermite
98 points
More taut, focused and chiseled than the le Pavillon, the blockbuster 2006 Ermitage L’Ermite offers full-bodied richness, a liquid rock-like minerality and sensational notes of black currants, bloody meat, licorice and spice. Reminding me of the 1995, with sensational depth, purity and length, this incredible wine won’t hit maturity for another decade, and will keep for 2-3 decades.

2006 M. Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal
98 points
Coming from the warmest terroir on Hermitage Hill, the 2006 Ermitage le Meal is a killer wine that oozes Hermitage notes of black raspberries, saddle leather and bloody meat. Complex, full-bodied, and textured, yet with surprising elegance, it’s an awesome wine to drink anytime over the coming two decades.

2006 M. Chapoutier Ermitage le Pavillon
98 points
Showing more minerality than the le Meal, yet more plushness and sexiness than the l’Ermite, the 2006 Ermitage le Pavillon is a tour de force that gives up sensational notes of crushed rocks, blackberries, currants, smoked meats and licorice. It shows a touch of iron and bloodiness with time in the glass, is full-bodied, seamless and incredibly layered on the palate. There’s no shortage of tannin either and this beauty needs 4-5 years of cellaring to hit full maturity, and will keep for another 2-3 decades.

2006 M. Chapoutier St Joseph les Granits Blanc
96 points
A wine that punches well above its price point is the 2006 St Joseph les Granits Blanc, and Northern Rhône lovers should buy this cuvee in just about every vintage. Offering lots of complexity in its buttered citrus, apple, white truffle, celery and savory aromas and flavors, this beauty is full-bodied, rich and textured on the palate. Like the other whites from this team, it’s drinking perfectly today, yet should keep for at least another decade or more. Having said that, why push a good thing? Drink!

2006 M. Chapoutier Cote Rotie la Mordoree
94 points
The 100% Syrah 2006 Cote Rotie la Mordoree was backward and tight, yet had beautiful concentration, full-bodied richness and classy notes of white pepper, mint and darker fruits. It opens up with time in the glass and is a big, powerful Cote Rotie that’s loaded with potential. Give bottles another 2-4 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following decade or more.