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.
Ruby-red, fresh raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by notes of rose, violet, cinnamon and mace. Mineral-driven red fruit flavors are refreshingly tangy and pure, with a sweeter dark berry note gaining strength with air. The finish is precise, sweet and stony, with a sexy note of candied flowers hanging on tenaciously.
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