Avenue Dr Paul Durand 18, 26601 Tain l'Hermitage
(near the central parking place in the centre of the village)
Tel. +33 475 082 865
Direct sale: Monday - Friday 9.00-12.30 and 14.00-19.00
Saturday 9.30-13.00 and 14.00-17.00 Sunday: 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00
Quite a big negociant firm, with famous vineyards of their own in the northern Rhone.
They make wine from all the best appellations in the Rhone valley.
You can visit their wineshop in Tain l'Hermitage
and taste some of the wines.
1809 members of the Chapoutier family have been winegrowers in Tain. In 1879
the first Chapoutier started to buy wines from other winegrowers and became a negociant.
The men in charge have changed during the years. Around 1990 the firm was in
financial troubles. Michel Chapoutier being 25-years-old persuated his
Grandfather Marc who had the majoriuty of shares in the firm to give the control
of the firm to him. This resulted in his father's (Max) departure from the firm and
a few years later also of his brother Marc. The conflict was described this way
in a interview
given by Michel to Tim Atcins in 2008: “My father was my
boss, but he had no taste and knew nothing about winemaking. My brother was paid
four times what I was to work in the business. I got the minimum wage
because I disagreed with my father.”
In 1981 the young Michel Chapoutier stayed at Grace Family
Vineyards in Napa Valley
for a period. Here he learnt about quite another view of
winemaking and of biodynamic methods in the vineyards. Afterwards he joined wine
schools in Macon and
Paris. In 1986 he returned to Tain but as mentioned above he didn't meet understanding
from his father to the new ideas he had learnt about winemaking and the work in
Today the vineyards owned by his firm are certified biodynamic. The vineyards in
Chateauneuf du Pape 30+ ha.
is a partner of Pic and Chapoutier. "Pic" is Anne-Sophie
Pic, the owner of the 3-star restaurant Maison
Pic in Valence.
Wines from own vineyards in
Chateauneuf du Pape (Croix de Bois and Barbe Rac are not mentioned at website)
du Pape La Bernadine
2014: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% other varieties.
Aged for up to 15 months concrete.
Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc La Bernadine
90% Grenache Blanc and 10% other
du Pape Croix de Bois
100% Grenache, 60-80-years-old. From a parcel at lieu-dit Croix de Bois
near Bedarrides. Aged in
concrete tank. Yield: 10 hl./ha.
According to the producer is should be able to be kept for 30-60 years.
du Pape Barbe Rac
100% Grenache, 90-100-years-old. From a vineyard near Mont-Redon.
Aged in concrete tank. Yield: 10 hl./ha.
According to the producer is should be able to be kept for at least 30-60 years.
Mainly Grenache with some Syrah and Mourvedre.
Vinified and matured in cement tank.
du Pape Pic VI
du Pape collection Bio
Mainly Grenache. Aged in foudres.
The base for La Bernadine at D17 between
Chateauneuf du Pape and Roquemaure