M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage "Petite Ruche" Rhône, France, 2016
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Overview of the Wine
No name is more closely associated with the greatness of the Rhone valley than M. Chapoutier.
The history of the Chapoutier family stretches back to the early nineteenth century when current owner Michel Chapoutier’s great-, great-, great-grandfather Marius purchased an estate and some vineyards in the now famous village of Tain l’Hermitage in the Northern Rhône Valley. Marius Chapoutier made history in the region when he became the first grape grower there to vinify his own fruit. Marius had tasted wines other winemakers produced using his fruit and he realized that something was lost in translation, so to speak. He knew that he owned some of the best growing sites in the appellation and he believed — rightly — that the grapes grown in his vineyards could produce long-lived world-class wines. In a move unusual at the time, he decided that he should make the wine himself. Not only did the quality of the wines increase greatly, but this move provided the capital to expand the Chapoutiers’ already legendary estate.
A visionary and pioneer in biodynamic winemaking, his restless energy and unconditional commitment to quality have produced tremendous success, with the most 90+ point ratings of all Rhône producers and 16 "100 point" rated wines.
Vinification: This Crozes-Hermitage is vinified in cement vats with a daily pumping over. Vatting lasts between 2 and 3 weeks after the alcoholic fermentation.
La Petite Ruche means "little beehive" in French, and the wines from the young vines in this vineyard are fresh and easy-drinking.
Chapoutier wines are vegan.
"We don't use final agent containing egg, fish or meat (finals agents are used to clarify wine)."
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Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Deep reddish purple in color, this wine offers a bright red fruit and blackcurrant aroma, fresh jammy flavor, and a bold fruit-forward finish.
91 Points - James Suckling
Dark fruit here. Attractive blackberry and mocha aromas and a gray, stony mineral thread. Smooth and elegant palate with creamy, rich, berry flavors and a smoky finish. Drink now.
Product size: 750ml