MAISON M. CHAPOUTIER

Text by Linden Wilkie

The Rhône Valley's Greatest Soloist Performances

My favourite expressions of Hermitage are those in the contrasting styles of J-L Chave, and P. Jaboulet Aîné’s ‘La Chapelle’. What these two have in common, in my view, is the full symphonic expression of syrah’s greatest hill. Hermitage is made up of a patchwork quilt of named plots (lieux-dits) that vary in soil type, altitude, and exposition, and syrah is sensitive enough to translate these into a range of aromas, flavours, textures, richness, minerality and so on. Blend them, and you have Hermitage writ large.

The alternative approach is championed with great skill by M. Chapoutier. Their vineyard plots are harvested, vinified and bottled separately under a range they call Sélection Parcellaire. This helps the wine enthusiast in two ways – first because it lets each vineyard really shine – we can enjoy that plot as a wine in itself, and perhaps find our own favourites, and also because by singling out its components in this way, we get to understand Hermitage as a whole that much better.

Recently my wife and I were back at one of our favourite restaurants in Singapore – Clos Pasoh, which opened recently. On their wine list is a pretty extensive late-release range of Chapoutier’s Sélection Parcellaire wines, and I was keen to give one a go, as it’s been a while. I chose a 2006 Ermitage Rouge ‘Le Méal’, knowing that this warm vineyard forms the heart of Jaboulet’s ‘La Chapelle’. Here’s what I found: A full garnet with a browned rim; aromas of sweet fruit, graphite, a wonderfully meaty savoury spicy note, classic white pepper notes, and a hint of lardons; sweetness in the attack and a touch of glycerin, the warmth of summer evident here. But the frame is surprisingly elegant, with fine acidity and great length. A superb, classic Hermitage. After another 30 minutes in the glass, the sweetness grew, and the wine became fatter on the palate. Sweet blackberries. Beautiful wine.

For Chapoutier a ‘single vineyard selection is an exact “photography” of a terroir.’ Ermitage Rouge ‘Le Méal’ gets its sumptuousness from its south-facing position on terraces of shingle and clay.

Ermitage Rouge ‘Le Pavillon’ is another 4ha old vine plot on Hermitage, with fine sedimentary material over granite bedrock. The lieu-dit here is ‘Bessards’, which is at the centre of the J-L Chave style, and in fact is the source of their rare ‘Cuvée Cathelin’. With both intensity and minerality, Pavillon likes a bit of bottle age, and fortunately what we have on offer has done the waiting for you already.

To my taste perhaps the most refined parcel is Ermitage Rouge ‘L’Ermite’, a plot of very old vines on granite toward the top of the hill around the little chapel. This is Hermitage at the cerebral end of the scale. 

(And, if you get the chance there is also a red ‘Les Greffieux’, and white Hermitage from ‘Le Méal’, ‘L’Ermite’ – my favourite – and a cuvée ‘L’Orée’ which is a really individual wine). Chapoutier – through these wines, and their “photographs” of individual terroirs – provides a masterclass in Hermitage, red and white, that no other producer can offer (or chooses to do).

The concept extends to other appellations. In the south, in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, they produce the Sélection Parcellaire ‘Barbe Rac’, a pure Grenache (read: Rayas-school) from 90-year old vines, that I think is one of the Rhône’s sleepers – a bit of a hidden secret. The cost to you for making this a discovery of your own is exceptionally reasonable.

With these mature examples on offer, it’s a great time to enjoy a few Rhône Valley soloist performances from the maestro – M. Chapoutier.

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Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
2001 Maison M. Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape 'Barbe Rac' 6000 Bottle 2 2 8,000 - HK
2009 Maison M. Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape 'Barbe Rac' 6000 Bottle 2 2 7,200 - HK
2012 Maison M. Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape 'Barbe Rac' 6000 Bottle 1 1 7,000 - HK
2015 Maison M. Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape 'Barbe Rac' 6000 Bottle 1 1 7,000 - HK
1999 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'l'Ermite' 3000 OWC1 2 2 9,500 WA96 HK
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'l'Ermite' 750 Bottle 2 2 2,600 - HK
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'l'Ermite' 750 Bottle 3 3 2,600 - SHOP
2021 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'l'Ermite' 750 Bottle 6 6 2,600 - HK
2022 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'l'Ermite' 750 Bottle 6 6 2,600 - EP
1998 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Meal' 3000 Bottle 3 3 11,000 WA95 HK
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Meal' 750 Bottle 1 1 1,800 - HK
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Meal' 750 Bottle 3 3 1,800 - SHOP
2021 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Meal' 750 Bottle 6 6 1,800 - HK
2022 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Meal' 750 Bottle 3 3 1,800 - EP
1998 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon' 6000 Bottle 3 3 30,000 WA98 HK
2000 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon' 750 Bottle 23 23 1,800 - HK
2000 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon' 1500 Bottle 12 12 3,800 - HK
2001 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon' 1500 Bottle 22 22 3,500 - HK
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon' 750 Bottle 25 25 2,300 - HK
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon' 1500 Bottle 4 4 4,800 - HK
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon' 750 Bottle 3 3 2,300 - SHOP
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon' 1500 Bottle 2 2 4,800 - SHOP
2021 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon' 750 Bottle 24 24 2,300 - HK
2022 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon' 750 Bottle 24 24 2,300 - EP
2001 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage Blanc 'de l'Oree' 1500 Bottle 3 3 3,400 - HK
2001 Maison M. Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape 'Barbe Rac'
6000 ml Bottle HK HKD 8,000 / BTL 2 case available
Bottle size
6000
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
8,000
Score
-
Location
HK
2009 Maison M. Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape 'Barbe Rac'
6000 ml Bottle HK HKD 7,200 / BTL 2 case available
Bottle size
6000
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
7,200
Score
-
Location
HK
2012 Maison M. Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape 'Barbe Rac'
6000 ml Bottle HK HKD 7,000 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
6000
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
7,000
Score
-
Location
HK
2015 Maison M. Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape 'Barbe Rac'
6000 ml Bottle HK HKD 7,000 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
6000
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
7,000
Score
-
Location
HK
1999 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'l'Ermite'
3000 ml OWC1 HK HKD 9,500 / BTL 2 case available
Bottle size
3000
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
9,500
Score
WA96
Location
HK
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'l'Ermite'
750 ml Bottle HK HKD 2,600 / BTL 2 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
2,600
Score
-
Location
HK
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'l'Ermite'
750 ml Bottle SHOP HKD 2,600 / BTL 3 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
2,600
Score
-
Location
SHOP
2021 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'l'Ermite'
750 ml Bottle HK HKD 2,600 / BTL 6 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
6
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
2,600
Score
-
Location
HK
2022 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'l'Ermite'
750 ml Bottle EP HKD 2,600 / BTL 6 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
6
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
2,600
Score
-
Location
EP
1998 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Meal'
3000 ml Bottle HK HKD 11,000 / BTL 3 case available
Bottle size
3000
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
11,000
Score
WA95
Location
HK
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Meal'
750 ml Bottle HK HKD 1,800 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
1,800
Score
-
Location
HK
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Meal'
750 ml Bottle SHOP HKD 1,800 / BTL 3 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
1,800
Score
-
Location
SHOP
2021 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Meal'
750 ml Bottle HK HKD 1,800 / BTL 6 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
6
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
1,800
Score
-
Location
HK
2022 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Meal'
750 ml Bottle EP HKD 1,800 / BTL 3 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
1,800
Score
-
Location
EP
1998 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon'
6000 ml Bottle HK HKD 30,000 / BTL 3 case available
Bottle size
6000
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
30,000
Score
WA98
Location
HK
2000 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon'
750 ml Bottle HK HKD 1,800 / BTL 23 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
23
Qty of btl
23
Btl price (HKD)
1,800
Score
-
Location
HK
2000 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon'
1500 ml Bottle HK HKD 3,800 / BTL 12 case available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
12
Qty of btl
12
Btl price (HKD)
3,800
Score
-
Location
HK
2001 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon'
1500 ml Bottle HK HKD 3,500 / BTL 22 case available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
22
Qty of btl
22
Btl price (HKD)
3,500
Score
-
Location
HK
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon'
750 ml Bottle HK HKD 2,300 / BTL 25 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
25
Qty of btl
25
Btl price (HKD)
2,300
Score
-
Location
HK
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon'
1500 ml Bottle HK HKD 4,800 / BTL 4 case available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
4
Qty of btl
4
Btl price (HKD)
4,800
Score
-
Location
HK
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon'
750 ml Bottle SHOP HKD 2,300 / BTL 3 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
2,300
Score
-
Location
SHOP
2020 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon'
1500 ml Bottle SHOP HKD 4,800 / BTL 2 case available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
4,800
Score
-
Location
SHOP
2021 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon'
750 ml Bottle HK HKD 2,300 / BTL 24 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
24
Qty of btl
24
Btl price (HKD)
2,300
Score
-
Location
HK
2022 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage 'Le Pavillon'
750 ml Bottle EP HKD 2,300 / BTL 24 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
24
Qty of btl
24
Btl price (HKD)
2,300
Score
-
Location
EP
2001 Maison M. Chapoutier - Ermitage Blanc 'de l'Oree'
1500 ml Bottle HK HKD 3,400 / BTL 3 case available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
3,400
Score
-
Location
HK
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