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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
Located on the slopes of the Agly valley, the Syrah plot is planted on gneiss rock exposed to the north. The Grenache grapes come from slopes exposed to the south in schist soil. Harvested by hand, destemmed, fermented in vats after some pumping over, the juice is vinified for 1- to 20 months in concrete vats. The deep, garnet colour of this wine has beautiful hints of purple. On the nose, it exudes beautiful notes of ripe, black fruits that are lifted by hints of roasting and spices. On the palate, its mouthfeel is ample with silky tannins and intense aromas of black fruits. To be stored for more than fifteen years in the cellar and decanted before serving.
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