M. Chapoutier

Michel Chapoutier
Avenue Dr Paul Durand 18, 26601 Tain l'Hermitage 
(near the central parking place in the centre of the village)

Tel. +33 475 082 865
Direct sale: Monday - Friday 9.00-12.30 and 14.00-19.00
Saturday 9.30-13.00 and 14.00-17.00 Sunday: 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00
Mail: chapoutier@chapoutier.com
Web: http://www.chapoutier.com/


Quite a big negociant firm, with famous vineyards of their own in the northern Rhone. They make wine from all the best appellations in the Rhone valley.
You can visit their wineshop in Tain l'Hermitage and taste some of the wines.

Since 1809 members of the Chapoutier family have been winegrowers in Tain. In 1879 the first Chapoutier started to buy wines from other winegrowers and became a negociant.
The men in charge have changed during the years. Around 1990 the firm was in financial troubles. Michel Chapoutier being 25-years-old persuated his Grandfather Marc who had the majoriuty of shares in the firm to give the control of the firm to him. This resulted in his father's (Max) departure from the firm and a few years later also of his brother Marc. The conflict was described this way in a interview given by Michel to Tim Atcins in 2008:  My father was my boss, but he had no taste and knew nothing about winemaking. My brother was paid four times what I was to work in the business. I got the minimum wage because I disagreed with my father.

In 1981 the young Michel Chapoutier stayed at Grace Family Vineyards in Napa Valley for a period. Here he learnt about quite another view of winemaking and of biodynamic methods in the vineyards. Afterwards he joined wine schools in Macon and Paris. In 1986 he returned to Tain but as mentioned above he didn't meet understanding from his father to the new ideas he had learnt about winemaking and the work in the vineyards.
Today the vineyards owned by his firm are certified biodynamic. The vineyards in Chateauneuf du Pape  30+ ha.

Chapuotier is a partner of Pic and Chapoutier. "Pic" is Anne-Sophie Pic, the owner of the 3-star restaurant Maison Pic in Valence.

Wines from own vineyards in Chateauneuf du Pape (Croix de Bois and Barbe Rac are not mentioned at website)

Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine
2014: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% other varieties.
Aged for up to 15 months concrete.

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc La Bernadine
90% Grenache Blanc and 10% other varieties.

Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois
2012: 100% Grenache, 60-80-years-old. From a parcel at lieu-dit Croix de Bois near Bedarrides.
Aged in concrete tank. Yield: 10 hl./ha.
According to the producer is should be able to be kept for 30-60 years.

Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac
2012: 100% Grenache, 90-100-years-old. From a vineyard near Mont-Redon. 
Aged in concrete tank. Yield: 10 hl./ha.
According to the producer is should be able to be kept for at least 30-60 years.

Negociant wines

Chateauneuf du Pape
Mainly Grenache with some Syrah and Mourvedre.
Vinified and matured in cement tank.

Chateauneuf du Pape Pic VI

Chateauneuf du Pape collection Bio
Mainly Grenache. Aged in foudres.

The base for La Bernadine at D17 between 
Chateauneuf du Pape and Roquemaure

Michel Chapoutier. Photo: Jamie Goode, wineanorac.com

A corner of the cellar with concrete tanks. Photo: Arnie Millan

A corner of the ageing cellar. Photo: Arnie Millan

Michel Chapoutier with his wife Corinne and his daugther Mathilde, 
who just now ( 2015) is living in Bishkek in Kirgisistan, where she promote the firm's wines at the Central Asian market. Photo: Lyonpeople.com



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