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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.

An amazing effort is the 2005 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree. This should flirt with perfection given its nose of white peach liqueur intermixed with quince, acacia flower, hazelnut, and honeysuckle. This amazingly full-bodied, powerful wine has zesty acidity and a tannic structure which is exquisite. It will be a 50+-year wine. Drink 2007 - 2057. Wine Advocate # 170; Apr 2007 Robert Parker (98-100) 

M Chapoutier, Ermitage de l’Orée 2005 Hermitage Blanc 18.5 Drink 2008-16; Floral, blossomy aromas with real muskiness underneath – the most obvious Marsanne of these three white Ermitages, surely Marsanne at its most glorious? Smoky tension too but this wine is already quite advanced on the nose with a lovely fine skein of structure and chewiness underneath. Long and powerful. Pretty yummy and open. Marsanne of 60 to 70 years old on alluvial deposits from the old glacial era. Jancis Robinson;

I began with the whites and just one sniff was enough to conjure up all that wild, nature’s cocktail, positively-pulsating-with-molecules sensation that so many biodynamic wines seem to me to have. With a few exceptions noted below, many of these wines, all cask samples taken several weeks before they were tasted by me, were in excellent condition and actually rather good drinks even now. I was particularly struck by their freshness in most cases. There was obviously real concentration and extract here but is most cases no trace of heat or alcohol on the finish.The balance is exceptional. I am very excited about these wines (which I tasted alone at home, so certainly not swayed in any way by anyone making or selling them) and reckon they have a glorious future ahead. 2005 Rhone - Chapoutier Really Shines publication date: Dec 11, 2006


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