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M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage La Petite Ruche Rouge 2009
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
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 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.
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.
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.