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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.

M Chapoutier, Ermitage L’Ermite 2005 Hermitage Rouge 18.5/20 Drink 2013-25; Dark crimson. Full, meaty, very confident nose. Almost like raw, bloody meat on the nose with SO much underneath! Very opulent front palate then great sinewy crawl over the palate. This reminds me of a very muscular male ballet dancer, if you see what I mean. From 80 year old vines clinging to the extremely poor soils around the chapel at the top of the hill of Hermitage. Five to six week maceration, as with all these red Hermitages. Jancis Robinson. 2005 Rhone - Chapoutier Really Shines publication date: Dec 11, 2006

Lastly, from the very dome of the granite hill of Ermitage is the 2005 Ermitage l’Ermite. An extraordinarily powerful wine that probably needs 10-15 years in the bottle (last year I thought 20 was probably conservative), this is a 100-year wine and probably best appreciated by our descendants rather than anyone currently over the age of 30. Dense purple to the rim, with notes of crushed rock, charcoal, roasted meats, and enormous quantities of blue and black fruits, this wine is almost painfully rich and thick, with mouthsearing levels of tannin and zesty acidity. Monumental! Anticipated maturity: 2020-2080. Wine Advocate # 175 Feb 2008 Robert Parker 99+ Drink: 2020 - 2080

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