2009 M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite Hermitage Wine Tasting Note

2009 M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite  (Hermitage) 98

Massive, powerful, concentrated, intense, frightfully tannic and still young. Yet, once you dig your way through its youth, the wine screams to get noticed. The textures are like molten syrah that oozes all over your palate, teeth and gums, staining everything in its path. Extreme patience is required here. Based on previous vintages, this should require, if not demand another 20-25 more years before it sheds its youth, and morphs into the mature stage of life.

Chapoutier Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

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Everything about Chapoutier, Cote Rotie, Rhone wine producer profile with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and images. If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Chapoutier Cote Rotie History, Overview

Chapoutier is a massive winery and company in the Rhone valley. Chapoutier acts as both a negociant and wine maker in both the Northern Rhone Valley and the Southern Rhone as well. They are active all over the Rhone valley in every major appellation. Chapoutier makes great wine at every price level, from very expensive wines at the top end, to value wines from Cotes du Rhone.

Chapoutier is one of the oldest names in the Rhone valley. Founded in 1808 by the Calvet family, it was sold to the Chapoutier family in 1855. The Calvet family sold the company to focus on their large, expanding negociant firm in Bordeaux. Polydore Chapoutier was the first of the Chapoutier family to head the company, and the only head of the firm not to have a name that started with the letter M. That tradition began with the next generation, started by Marius Chapoutier.

Today, Chapoutier is a massive negociant and winery located in the Rhone valley their offices are situated in the small community of Tain Hermitage. Chapoutier is both a negociant and wine maker. They are active all over the Rhone valley in every major appellation. Chapoutier makes great wine at every price level, from very expensive wines at the top end, to value wines from Cotes du Rhone. Chapoutier is one of the top producers in the Northern Rhone. Aside from Cote Rotie, they also make wine from Hermitage, Crozes Hermitage, St. Joseph, Cornas, St. Peray and Condrieu. However, at least in my opinion, their best wines are their single vineyard wines from Hermitage. They also make top quality Chateauneuf du Pape.

Chapoutier Cote Rotie Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Chapoutier produces two Cote Rotie wines from 5 hectares of vines. An entry level wine, Becasses and the more expensive La Mordoree. Becasses comes from purchased fruit and is usually produced from a blend of 97% Syrah with the remainder being the white grape variety, Viognier.

The best vintages of Chapoutier Cote Rotie are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1995 and 1991.

La Mordoree is a trademarked name for Chapoutier. This is similar to what takes place with Guigal's La Mouline and La Turque.  The northern Rhone single vineyard wines of Guigal were the inspiration for Chapoutier to begin producing La Mordoree. The fruit for La Mordoree comes from 5 hectares of vines located in some of the best terroir from Cote Blonde and Cote Brune. The oldest vines, some of which are more than 70 years old in Cote Brune, makes up a good part of what goes into Chapoutier La Mordoree. Many of the domaines best vines are located close to the large Chapoutier sign that marks the vineyards location on the steep Cote Rotie hillsides.

Michel Chapoutier uses only biodynamic farming techniques for all his properties. The practice of bio-dynamic farming techniques began in 1991. The berries are completely destemmed and fermented in open top fermenters. La Mordoree is a small production wine. On average, only 500 cases are produced each year. The first vintage for this special wine was 1990.

Chapoutier La Mordoree is a rich, vibrant, wine displaying purity of fruit, silky textures, expansive aromatics and offers the ability to age and develop for 20-30 years. However, in many vintages, the wine retains too much oak influences for many tasters. In 2014, Michel Chapoutier was named The Wine Personality of the Year the two most important wine critics from France, Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve.

Chapoutier Becasses, their entry level Cote Rotie produces on average close to 3,000 cases a year.

Serving and Decanting Chapoutier Cote Rotie with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chapoutier Cote Rotie is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-3 hours, depending on the character of the vintage. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chapoutier Cote Rotie is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chapoutier Cote Rotie is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Condrieu, the white wine of Chapoutier Cote Rotie is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.