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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
Chapoutier La Sizeranne Hermitage 2004
Chapoutier La Sizeranne Hermitage 2004
(search item no. 108393)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $54.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The highly sought-after appellation of Hermitage is named after the tiny chapel at its highest point (once home to hermits). Most do not realize Hermitage is comprised of just a few hilltops with very dense terrior. Steep southerly facing terraces with unique microclimates drive rich complexity in the wines. In Hermitage, Syrah achieves its noblest expression. The vineyard from which the grapes are selected is located near the Meal and Greffieux vineyards. The soil is varied, comprised in the west of granite (which forms the soul of good Hermitage wines), old alluvial terraces with gravel and rolled pebbles, and limon with rolled stones in the east. It is managed utilizing various biodynamic practices.

The color is deep garnet red with purple highlights.
The wine has aromas of red fruit (raspberry and black currant) with a hint of licorice.
And in the mouth it is round and elegant with soft and concentrated tannins, and a long finish.

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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.