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.
About the cuvée
La Bernardine comes from a terroir of large rounded pebbles from the old bed of the Rhône. As usual, Maison Chapoutier focuses on Grenache but this cuvée contains a small proportion of Syrah and Mourvèdre. After careful sorting, only the best grapes are kept and then vinified in concrete vats as Grenache is sensitive to oxidation. Vinification takes place at high temperatures to extract as much colour and as many tannins as possible. The wine is then aged in concrete vats for 12 to 15 months. With its deep purple hue, its aromas are complex and refined, rich in black fruits, and jam-like, highlighted by peppery accents which come from the Syrah. On the palate it is delicate yet full-bodied. With its spicy finish, this wine has good ageing potential.
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