While we may refer to the Rhône Valley as if it were one region, it is in reality two - the Northern Rhône and the Southern Rhône. They are quite distinct in character in almost every respect, and are indeed separated by a good hour's motorway driving. In the north, the climate more closely resembles that of Burgundy; other aspects are also similar - there are a great many small producers, working alongside a handful of famous négociants (best known are Chapoutier and Guigal). In addition, the wines of the north are made largely from a single grape variety (Syrah for all the reds; Viognier for Condrieu; and Roussanne and Marsanne for the other white appellations).

In the south, the climate is markedly hotter, bearing a much closer resemblance to the Languedoc and other distinctively Mediterranean regions. The wines are mostly blended from a number of varieties - as many as thirteen in the case of Châteauneuf du Pape. The whole character of the south, with its heat, wind (Mistral) and dust conjours up an atmosphere much more akin to the Mediterranean basin than to northern Europe. Châteauneuf itself, dominated by the ruins of the great medieval papal fortress, epitomises this in every respect. In both north and south, we concentrate largely on the wines of individual domaines, where we believe the most distinctive styles are made.


M. Chapoutier is one of the greatest producers in the entire Rhône valley, and indeed this esteemed house regularly makes wines which compete with the best made anywhere in the world. Chapoutier’s wines consistently achieve an exceptional degree of terroir expression along with compelling richness and finesse; the result of outstanding old-vine vineyard sites producing tiny yields of exceptional fruit (in a typical year production ranges between only 100-700 cases of each of the famous \'Sélections Parcellaires\'), combined with the expert application of biodynamic techniques in the vineyard and highly skilled, highly sensitive winemaking. Every wine is a triumph.



2007 Ex Aequo, Domaine Dos Santos & Chapoutier x 6
 6 Bottles
Profound concentration of dark plum and biary fruit. Incredible power on the palate and huge length. Tannins are succulent, ripe and wonerfully integrated. 
2014 Ermitage Rouge Le Méal, Chapoutier x 6
 6 Bottles
"Another inky colored wine that has a touch of blue at the rim, the 2014 Ermitage Le Méal offers a liqueur of blackberry-like perfume to go with lots of wood smoke (it sees a scant 25% new oak), licorice, smoked herbs and black raspberries. Big, rich, full-bodied and layered with plenty of building tannin, it will be a candidate for 2-4 years of cellaring and drink well over the following two decades. 95-97+" Jeb Dunnuck in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #222 
2014 Ermitage Rouge Le Pavillon, Chapoutier x 6
 6 Bottles
"Both the Pavillon and l’Ermite see a touch more new oak, with the wine aged 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels. The 2014 Ermitage le Pavillon will without a doubt be one of the top two to three wines in the vintage; it offers an incredibly granite character in its burning embers, graphite, crème de cassis and campfire-like bouquet. Big, concentrated, full-bodied, thick and yet still with the always present hedonistic slant of this cuvee, it will need 4-5 years of cellaring and have three or more decades of longevity. 96-98" Jeb Dunnuck in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #222 
2014 Ermitage Rouge L'Ermite, Chapoutier x 6
 6 Bottles
"The 2014 Ermitage l’Ermite is almost painfully backwards and tight, with a liquid rock-like character permeating its lead pencil, beef blood/iodine, liquid violets, and black and blue fruits. Possessing more concentration and depth than just about every other wine I was able to taste in the vintage, this full-bodied, structured, backwards beast of an Hermitage will need 5-7 years of cellaring and keep for three decades. 96-98+" Jeb Dunnuck in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #222 

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