The name Chapoutier has been present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Wine grower, wine maker and wine lover, Michel Chapoutier is one of France’s most dynamic wine producers, championing biodynamic viticulture and producing a consistent, impeccably high-quality range of wines from the prominent Northern and Southern Rhône Valley appellations.
Michel Chapoutier is one of the most highly regarded winemakers in France. Since taking over his family firm in 1990 at age 26, Michel Chapoutier has transformed the winery into the leading Rhône Valley producer. He combines the modern and the traditional: crusading for biodynamic winemaking, while expanding operations around the globe and experimenting with cutting edge winemaking techniques.
M Chapoutier, La Mordorée 2005 Côte-Rôtie 18.5 Drink 2011-23; Not especially dark crimson. Lots of black pepper and ripe richness too. Also an almost burgundian element of compost. Rich and juicy start with tight finish and lots of very fine tannins. I’m sure this wine will eventually be beautifully silky. A very light touch as far as winemaking goes. Nothing like Guigal – more fragrant and airborne - but more solid and reticent than, say, Rostaing. Pretty impressive. Sixty year old vines grown on the Côte Blonde, fermented in open oak fermenters and matured in one third new oak. Jancis Robinson. 2005 Rhone - Chapoutier Really Shines publication date: Dec 11, 2006
There are 577 cases of the 2005 Cote Rotie La Mordoree. This deep ruby/purple wine exhibits loads of tannin, bits of bacon fat, cassis, and a steely personality with superb depth, but an abundance of structure and tannin, and also displays tobacco leaf and a hint of fig. It will require 5-8 years of cellaring and drink well for 20-25 years. Wine Advocate # 175 Feb 2008 Robert Parker 94+ Drink: 2013 - 2033
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