Mathilde, 24, spent her childhood and school years in Tain l’Hermitage and her summers in the heart of Banyuls. At a young age she began exploring the sport of shooting and by age 15 had earned a spot on the French team. She won numerous national championships and competed abroad. After contemplating a professional career in shooting, she turned her sights to studies, first in international negotiation and conflict management, in Champagne, followed by three years in China focused on economics and finance. While in China she also learned Mandarin—her professor gave her the Mandarin name meaning “Beautiful Peaceful Summer”—and met with importers and restaurateurs throughout Asia to represent the Chapoutier winery.
Upon returning to France and finishing a double degree from the École Centrale Paris and ESSEC Business School, specializing in entrepreneurship, she became Chief of Strategy and Business Development for the Chapoutier group. She was drawn to the role by the opportunity to continue to grow the Chapoutier wine story that began more than 200 years ago and that has reached new heights under her father, Michel Chapoutier. The Côtes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rosé is an example of her unpretentious, adventurous approach, one that emphasizes wine as a fun, shared experience with friends.
Grape varieties: 40% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Clairette and Rolle.
Fermentation: Short, cold maceration on the skins followed by direct pressing in an oxygen-free environment.
Aging: Five months in vats and bottled at the end of winter.
Notes: Pale pink with purple highlights. Aromas of peach, citrus and tropical fruits. On the palate, the wine is round and delicious with peach and apricot notes and a silky mouthfeel. Bright acidity balances the round texture.
90 points, Vinous
Bright peach skin. Fresh, racy and sharply focused on the nose, displaying blood orange, red currant and strawberry aromas of very good purity. Energetic red fruit and nectarine flavors are enlivened by a citrus pith nuance that builds on the back half. Finishes silky, seamless and quite long, leaving behind juicy pit fruit and tangerine notes.
90 points, Wine & Spirits
There’s a cider-apple crunch to this wine’s tangy red fruit, and a grippy acidity to boot. It’s terrifically mouthwatering, an edgy rosé built for rich seafood. – Tara Q. Thomas.
90 points, Wine Advocate
This is the second vintage for these Rosé releases from Mathilde Chapoutier and the 2015 Cotes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rose is a beauty. Made from a mix of varieties (including Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clairette and Rolle) and brought up all in stainless steel, its very light pink color is followed by classic Provencal notes of tangerine, orange blossom and citrus. Medium to light-bodied, ultra-pure, refreshing and crisp, yet still with flavor intensity, drink this outstanding Rosé on any hot summer day over the coming year. — Jeb Dunnuck
“Best Rosés Under $25,” Bloomberg
This is the second vintage for this Provence rosé made by the daughter of Rhône wine legend Michel Chapoutier. Pure and light, it has surprising flavor intensity. — Elin McCoy