M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage La Petite Ruche Rouge 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
Intense purplish red. Red berries, blackcurrant and raspberry on the nose. The palate is fresh and round, with a finish of fruits. This wine has a lot of finesse.
Wine Spectator - "A taut, driven style, with iron and bramble edges to the core of linzer torte, blackberry and fig fruit. A stony edge drives through the finish. Very solid. Drink now through 2013. 1,500 cases imported."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 negociant offerings include the 2009 Crozes-Hermitage La Petite Ruche, which is probably the strongest wine he has yet made under this moniker. Abundant tapenade, licorice, pepper and meaty aromas jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored, full-bodied, concentrated, rich effort. Accessible enough to drink now, it promises to evolve easily for a decade or more. "
International Wine Cellar - "Bright purple. Textbook syrah on the nose and palate, offering intense dark berry and floral qualities complicated by smoke and spice notes. Packs a serious punch but carries no excess weight, finishing bright and long."
Wine & Spirits - "Sturdy and youthful, this is refreshing in its unadorned simplicity. It just tastes like syrah, plummy and peppery with a hint of lilies, grown in the stony warmth of Crozes-Hermitage. "
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M. Chapoutier Winery
No name is more closely associated with the greatness of the Rhone 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. View all M. Chapoutier Wines
About Other RhôneView a map of Other Rhône wineries Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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