Les Varonniers is a cuvée that stands out due to of exceptional soil quality and meticulous work in the cellar, resulting in a wine suitable for ageing. More info
Long-occupied by orchards or unfarmed wasteland, the Crozes-Hermitage appellation was born in 1952, somewhat in the shadow of its "big sister" Hermitage. Today, Crozes-Hermitage wines have established their own identity.
For this vintage, Michel Chapoutier combines his oldest Syrah vines in Crozes-Hermitage (60 years old, on average). The harvest is done by hand at maturity. It is vinified in small closed concrete tanks and only the free-run wine is kept. This nectar is then aged in oak barrels for 14-18 months.
Les Varonniers exudes aromas of very ripe red fruits and liquorice. The palate unfurls a certain power and fine density, candied and slightly vanilla notes thanks to the ageing. The length is impressive. This wine could easily be kept for over 30 years and sometimes even 75 years depending on the vintage. For food pairing, it will elevate your favourite meat dishes.
Maison Chapoutier is without doubt one of the most prestigious names in the Rhône producing some of the finest Hermitage. The domain converted its 350 hectares of vines to biodynamic viticulture, making it the largest vineyard to adopt this method of cultivation. It has held certification since 1999. The Chapoutier savoir faire has spread to other vineyards in other winemaking regions: Provence, Beaujolais, Roussillon, Champagne, Alsace, Portugal but also Australia. In 1879, Polydor Chapoutier bought a few hectares of vines and started a negociant business. Seven generations have succeeded him, and Michel Chapoutier is currently at the helm. Since 1996, all the labels have been transcribed in braille. Chapoutier is often one of the last to harvest to ensure that grapes reach optimal maturity.
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