A hilltop vineyard on classic Chateauneuf terroirs of galet stones, all planted with Grenache, which is fermented and aged in concrete tanks, no oak. The vines are 90 years old and yielded between 15-20 hl/ha in 2014. Rich, heady notes of fruit liqueur, earth, sweet spice and stones. Bold and meaty. A winter warmer.
The outspoken Michel Chapoutier is a maverick and an icon in the Rhone valley. He has led the way on biodynamics, is obsessive about proper grape maturity and is as rigorous in the vineyard as they come. Whilst his opinions and straight talking might not always be everybody’s cup of tea, it is rare to hear anything but admiration from his fellow vignerons and winemakers for his dedication, the quality of his wines and the huge impact he has had on the positive image of the Rhone valley. With some wonderful old vines across the varying terroirs of the Hermitage Hill at his disposal, Michel crafts some of the most sought-after Rhone wines in the world. The style is ripe, concentrated and the although the wines have a modern sheen to them, they certainly easch display individuality and terroir characteristics.