Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonniers Rouge 2019, M Chapoutier
France / Rhone
Andy's Tasting Notes
Oooh, this is seductively mellow and moreish, with bags of rich black fruits, cassis and violet. It’s very harmonious with lovely persistence and elegance. The tannins are perfectly pitched adding structure and freshness. This is an exemplary and top class example from this appelation.
Producer notes – winemaking: From gently sloping, south-facing hillsides, composed of Isère river sedimentary soils and large, round pebbles. Our Crozes-Hermitage is vinified traditionally with punching down and pumping over taking place in concrete tanks. This wine is made from organically grown grapes. The exclusion of all chemical products (in particular herbicides), and the ploughing of the vineyards, enables the vine to plunge its root system deep down into the heart of the soil. Deeper root systems make the vine’s physiological behaviour more even, and provide better resistance to sudden changes in temperature.
Since 1996, all Maison M. Chapoutier labels feature the wine information written in braille. This is a tribute to Maurice Monier de la Sizeranne, the inventor of the first abridged version of braille and founder of the Valentin Haüy association, who helped bring the blind and visually challenged out of isolation. There is even a wine that carries his name, from a plot that once belonged to his family. This is a way of giving something back to somebody who made a real contribution.
We are pleased of offer at this Special Price, rrp is circa £22.50
Price per bottle £22.50 £19.75
23 in stock
Unique, unconventional, curious about everything, Michel Chapoutier’s mind has never been static. Michel is a wine-lover and life-lover, always on the move, so are his ideas, his tastes and his wishes. “If I stay still, I fall.” His wine journey began when he was 26 years old and he became the head of M. Chaptouier. Yet, he is not an inheritor – his choices and his vision were disruptive as he stood up against the established ways and ideas, completely changing both viticultural and vinification practices of his family company. He is a man close to the earth, on a quest for revealing terroirs and finding the expression of soils through the taste of his wines.
Since 1991, they have worked tirelessly to convert to biodynamic viticulture, with chemical pesticides and herbicides banned. They have introduced natural elements (minerals, plants, animals) to preserve balance. The soil is fed with organic matter; thus it preserves bacteria which is the real ‘Mother’ of the vine and will transform mineral into vegetal. This precious bacterium transmits the personality of the terroir to the vine and ultimately the wine. Biodynamics is also about understanding the cycles of the earth, the sun and the moon. From these observations they take crucial decisions: when to prune, when to harvest. Yields are respected and each terroir offers its pure essence.
Food matchGrilled or roasted meats / casserole