The M. Chapoutier trading house is located in Tain-l'Hermitage in the north of the Rhône département. No wonder, then, that the brand is mainly known for its red and white assemblages – as well as its single-vineyard bottlings of legendary appellations such as Côtes-Rôtie, Hermitage, Condrieu, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. M. Chapoutier also offers products from most of the winemaking regions of southern France – Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Côtes du Roussillon, Banyuls, Rivesaltes – and from all over the world.
Michel Chapoutier was just 24 years old in 1990 when he became the owner of this traditional family business, which was founded in 1808. Chapoutier didn't have a bad name back then, but many of its wines seemed a little outdated. In just a few years this young star completely turned the house around: he committed himself to natural cultivation and biodynamics, improved the quality of the wines in record time, created new cuvées, bought additional vineyards (not only in the south of France, but also in Alsace, Portugal and Australia), added Braille to labels, founded his own wine school – and much more.
What all Chapoutier wines have in common is respect for the basic product, the grape – and also for the consumer. Even the simpler basic wines are fruity, full-bodied, juicy and harmonious – while the top-class wines also have a special complexity, depth and density. They taste good when drunk young, but it is best to give them a little time in the cellar: four to six or even eight years, depending on their origin and year.