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Originally established in 1808, Maison Chapoutier, is one of the most admired brands in the world of wine. Today, the estate is overseen by Micheal Chapoutier who has continued to build upon the family legacy by purchasing new high quality vineyard holdings and, in 1991, implemented biodynamic farming practices throughout the estate. Arguably the Rhone's most decorated producer, each wine is a photo graphic image of where it's from. Respect, bold, tradition, excellence, and prestige all embody the Chapoutier name if you've never had a sip of excellence, now's your chance!
Since 1996, each wine from the estate is inscribed with a Braille description of the wine. This is to honor of Maurice Monier de la Sizeranne, who invented the first abridged version of Braille, and who once owned vines on the hill of Hermitage that are now overseen my Maison Chapoutier.
This 100% Marsanne is a 3 vineyard blend that is an elegant example of a Hermitage white. The grapes are destemmed before the wine is vinified in steel tanks and demi-muids. The wine undergoes a 2-3 months of bâtonnage adding texture and richness to the wine. The wine is literally a rock star now, but will age for another 5-10+ years.
Tasting Notes: In the glass, the wine is brilliant and green gold. The nose features complex and subtle, aromas of quince, walnut, honey, ginger, acacia with a hint of linden-tree. On the palate, the wine introduces itself with a subtle attack, rounding out with accents of almond and crescendoed with a very elegant and long finish.
Vivid yellow-gold. Highly perfumed, mineral-accented aromas of Anjou pear, tangerine and white flowers, along with subtle ginger and fennel overtones. Vibrant and sharply focused in the mouth, offering palate-staining orchard and pit fruit flavors complicated by refreshingly bitter quinine and citrus zest nuances and a hint of smoky lees. Finishes with excellent clarity and minerally thrust, leaving honeysuckle and mineral notes behind. ~93Vinous
A blend of estate-owned parcels aged three-quarters in oak and one-quarter in stainless steel, the 2016 Hermitage Chante-Alouette is a rich, almost sweet-tasting example of Hermitage. It's powerful and bold, bursting with honey and tangerine aromas and flavors, then is balanced by hints of brine and citrus zest on the lengthy finish. 2018-2030 ~92RP
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