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% Vigonier is from a newly classified IGP Collines Rhodaniennes that shows the potential of an up and coming region. The wine is aged in demi-muids for 8 to 9 months and undergoes malolactic fermentation adding additional texture and richness to the palate. This viognier punches well above its weight class and it won't be long before Collines Rhodaniennes reaches the world stage.
Tasting Notes: In the glass, the wine is pale gold with aniseed-coloured highlights. The nose is delicate with notes of bergamot and flint stone. On the palate, the wine is fresh balanced between the acidic tension and the natural full body of the varietal and its aging. The finish is savory, bringing out the rustic and mineral overtones.
Bright peach and apricot flavors burst forth, with light fennel and green almond hints trailing through on the finish. The minimal toast allows the deliciously exuberant fruit to shine. ~91WS
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