Albeit under a different name, the M.Chapoutier wine business dates back to 1808! Michel Chapoutier took the helm in 1990 having spent a number of years as winemaker at the maison already. Michel’s vision has helped to transform the Rhone valley, especially his biodynamic beliefs.
The grapes for this wine are hand harvested from three of Chapoutier’s most prized vineyards. Partly fermented in barrel, this rich but balanced Hermitage blanc is complex and delicious. Subtle aromas of quince, walnut, honey and ginger. The palate is elegant but round with a lingering finish. This will stand up to most white meats and seafood dishes excellently.
The 2018 Hermitage Chante-Alouette is ripe and custardy in feel, with plenty of richness that's balanced by ample freshness. Hints of citrus, melon and white peach mingle easily on the nose and palate, offering a lovely introduction to white Hermitage.
93-95/100 - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate
Pale, glistening yellow. Penetrating aromas of fresh orchard and pit fruits are accompanied by hints of chalky minerals and pungent flowers. Juicy and concentrated in style, offering pear nectar, white peach and Meyer lemon flavors that tighten up and show fine definition on the back half. The floral note repeats strongly on the energetic finish, which hangs on with impressive, mineral-tinged persistence.
93/100 - Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Tasted March 2020)