New Release: Chapoutier
“Exceptionally promising” and “extraordinary” are how Michel Chapoutier describes his 2015s. Referring to the weather as “typically Mediterranean” Michel explained that some extreme temperatures were recorded. Most unusually these were higher in the north than in the south. Cote Rotie was hotter than anywhere else in the Rhone valley in the summer. This type of weather meant significant water stress and started to slow down what had begun as a precocious season. A cooler, cloudy start to September was just what was required and ripening continued very well throughout the month. The Hermitage plots were picked between the 12th and 21st September, whilst the Chateauneufs were hurriedly brought in 26th and 28th September just before rain had been forecast. It is clear that both in the south and the north this is a vintage of immense stature, structure and concentration.
Chapoutier wines will be bottled in Autumn 2017 and shipped Spring 2018