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Guillaume Ginther. the executive chef at Le Coq Rico in New York City, has won a spot at the World Championship of Pâté-Croûte, taking first place in the inaugural Pâté Croûte American Finale at the Consulate General of France in New York City.
Ginther will join 11 other contestants at the Championnat du monde de pâté Croûte (“World Pie-Making Championship”) on December 5 at the renowned French winery M. Chapoutier in Tain-L’Hermitage.
Second place at the American Finale went to Eric Gauthier of Ateliers & Saveurs in Montreal, whose prizes include a dinner in Montreal hosted by Michel Chapoutier. Nicolas Rafa of Le District in New York City finished in third place, winning a whole pig from D’Artagnan.
The World Championship of Pâté-Croûte is sponsored by D’Artagnan Gourmet Food, M. Chapoutier, Champagne Duval-Leroy, the French Consulate General, the French Cheese Board and Terlato Wines.
The November 15, 2016, issue of the Wine Spectator has a new report on the Rhône Valley, and M. Chapoutier is highlighted in several instances.
- The M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac 2013, with a score of 96 points, is listed among the “Top Other Châteauneuf-du-Pape.”
- Several Chapoutier wines are among the “Top Other Northern Rhone”:
Ermitage White L’Ermite 2013 (98 points)
Ermitage L’Ermite 2013 (97 points)
Ermitage Le Meal 2013 (96 points)
Ermitage Le Pavillon 2013 (96 points)
Ermitage White de l’Oree 2013 (96 points)
Ermitage White Le Meal 2013 (96 points)
Ermitage Les Greffieux 2013 (95 points)
- The Côtes du Rhône White Belleruche (88 points) is on the list of “Top Rhône Values.”
- In the text of his piece, author James Molesworth notes that the “M. Chapoutier Ermitage White L’Ermite 2013 (98, $615) is another scintillating white from this producer, showing the energy and exuberant fruit that are the hallmarks of the ’13 whites.”
- Finally, in this same November 15, 2016, issue, the “Savvy Shopper” feature zeroes in on wines that “have the flavor and structure for autumn dishes,” and Crozes-Hermitage White Petite Ruche 2015 (92 points) makes that list.
"The 2015 vintage of Chapoutier reds from Hermitage, Côte-Rôtie and beyond will be remarkable," says the Spectator's James Molesworth.
In the July issue, Decanter unveils its list of top Rhone values, “50 delicious reds to drink now,” as the magazine puts it. And the outstanding M Chapoutier Les Meysonniers Crozes-Hermitage 2014 is on the list at No. 22. Here’s the tasting note from Decanter:
Smokey, peppery rose with appetising flashes of vivid black berries. Nicely textured, supple palate with pure black fruit enlivened by fresh acidity and light tannins. Remarkably fruit with decent length.
For more details about the wine, see the Media Kit entry here.
The Daily Meal has a feature up on a topic near and dear to M. Chapoutier — the World Championship of Pâté-Croûte, which this fall will hold its first semifinal on U.S. soil.
As the article explains:
The winner will be flown out to France for the World Grand Finale in December, hosted by renowned French winery M. Chapoutier in Tain-L’Hermitage. The runner-up wins a culinary weekend in Montreal, and third place gets a selection of fine wines and charcuterie.
Check out the full piece on the Daily Meal website here.
Photo from Grapefriend.
After “sampling rosés since May,” tasting through more than 100 bottles, the popular wine blogger (tweeter, instagrammer, snapchatter, etc.) Grapefriend selected Mathilde Chapoutier’s “Grand Ferrage Rosé” 2015 as her top pick. She writes:
Beautiful! Tons of minerality and soooo refreshing. A blend of Grenache noir, Cinsault, Syrah, Rolle. This was my #1 favorite rosé I tasted.
Click here to go to Grapefriend and see the full post and all the great rosés.
The Daily Meal
Mathilde Chapoutier continues to draw notice with her Grand Ferrage Côtes de Provence Rosé. The Daily Meal features Chapoutier in a June 30 piece that begins: “Don’t let Mathilde Chapoutier’s quiet demeanor and youth fool you, this 24-year-old French winemaker is a force to be reckoned with!” Writer Wanda Mann goes on to say:
Mathilde aptly describes her rosé as “simple, elegant, and easy to drink.” A refreshing blend of Grenache (40%), Syrah (34%), Cinsault (10%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Rolle (3%), and Clairette (3%); this silky & lively wine has nuanced flavors of peach and apricot and a wonderful round texture. What a debut – I can’t wait to see what’s next for Mathilde!
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Tara Q. Thomas reviews the 2015 Mathilde Chapoutier Rosé in the August 2016 issue of Wine & Spirits:
90 points: Mathilde Chapoutier 2015 Côtes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rosé
“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.
Learn more about Mathilde Chapoutier and her Rosé by clicking here.
The April 2016 Wine Advocate (Issue #224) offers a review of Mathilde Chapoutier’s 2015 Cotes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rosé, with the magazine’s Rhone and South France specialist Jeb Dunnuck scoring the wine 90 points and calling it “a beauty” and an “outstanding rosé.” Here’s the full review:
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.
While not falling under the preview of this report, I tasted these latest releases from Mathilde Chapoutier during my visit at Bila Haut (this is run by the Chapoutier team), so I opted to include the reviews here. These are beautiful Rosés that readers should buy by the case.
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Featured in the June 2016 issue of Departures Magazine, Colman Andrews tells readers to put down the Merlot and take a chance on Grenache – a wine that’s easily approachable and has plenty of fruit, but also real character.
Andrews recommends M. Chapoutier Barbe Rac Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012:
“A suave, almost silky wine with a spicy nose hinting at cinnamon, cardamon, and black pepper, followed by a flavor of cherry preserves and a bit of chocolate that seems to stretch on forever.”
To read the full article click here.