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 Les Greffieux 2005 Hermitage Rouge 17.5? Drink 2014-24; Deeper crimson than most. This cask sample may have suffered most than most too on the nose; it is thoroughly evolved and rusty nail like. Tar, rubber, then a little light on the finish. Somehow a little cooked. This may be the sample rather than the wine. Positively brulée. From the earlier maturing foot of the hill and vinified in cement, matured in new and one year old oak. Jancis Robinson. 2005 Rhone - Chapoutier Really Shines publication date: Dec 11, 2006
The 2005 Ermitage Les Greffieux is a beauty, but it has to take a backseat to the 2006. It has an admirable creme de cassis note, an inky purple color, plenty of meat, smoke, steel, and black fruits in a dense, fleshy style. It is by far the most forward of the 2005 Ermitages. That’s not to say there’s any deficiency in tannin lurking underneath the wine’s density and richness. It should evolve for 20-25 years. Wine Advocate # 175 Feb 2008 Robert Parker 94 Drink: 2008 - 2033
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