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Date Printed: 4/25/2015
Chapoutier La Mordoree Cote Rotie 2009
Chapoutier La Mordoree Cote Rotie 2009
(search item no. 117614)
Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 4/25/2015: $189.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This cuvée's primary source is a very steep, terraced vineyard in the Côte Brune above Ampuis. The soil here is notably more limestone schistous, compared to the the Côte Blonde where more acidic and sandy soils grow wines of less dense color. Together these wines create a seamless whole in one of the most exciting appellations in the Northern Rhône. Pure Syrah, grown at minuscule yields from 70 year old vines, gives this wine power and spiciness, and perhaps less outright mass than any of Ermitage selections. Yet its sensual thrills resonate long after the taste has been consumed, and its gain in time of the more earthy and smoky notes so typical of great Côte Rôtie make it one of the world's unique wine wonders.

Deep ruby color.

Raspberry, a hint of violet, a touch of black olive tapenade and rosemary, with predominant spice and rosemary notes on the nose.

Full flavored, elegant, very well structured and balanced.

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About M. Chapoutier:

No name is more closely associated with the greatness of the Rhône valley than M. Chapoutier.

The history of the Chapoutier family stretches back to the early nineteenth century when current owner Michel Chapoutier’s great-, great-, great-grandfather Marius purchased an estate and some vineyards in the now famous village of Tain l’Hermitage in the Northern Rhône Valley. Marius Chapoutier made history in the region when he became the first grape grower there to vinify his own fruit. Marius had tasted wines other winemakers produced using his fruit and he realized that something was lost in translation, so to speak. He knew that he owned some of the best growing sites in the appellation and he believed — rightly — that the grapes grown in his vineyards could produce long-lived world-class wines. In a move unusual at the time, he decided that he should make the wine himself. Not only did the quality of the wines increase greatly, but this move provided the capital to expand the Chapoutiers’ already legendary estate.

A visionary and pioneer in biodynamic winemaking, his restless energy and unconditional commitment to quality have produced tremendous success, with the most 90+ point ratings of all Rhône producers and 16 "100 point" rated wines.