M. Chapoutier

Michel Chapoutier
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
Mail: chapoutier@chapoutier.com
Web: http://www.chapoutier.com/


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 the vineyards.

Let me quote Wineanorac ( I Think Mr. Chapoutier agree)


Michel Chapoutier’s story is a remarkable one. In 1990, aged only 26 (he was born in 1964), he bought the family business from his grandfather (Marc), and promptly fired the other family members, including his father Max. It was a mess.

Marc had nominally handed over Maison Chapoutier to his son Max in 1977, but had remained very much involved. The young Michel had been travelling to other wine regions, and when he returned in 1987, he assumed responsibility for vinification of the Chapoutier family wines. However, his brother and father retained responsibility for the maturation of these wines, so the wines were not Michel’s. And the results weren’t good. The business was struggling.

In 1989 Michel had enough: he went to his grandfather and told him that he was leaving, and that he couldn’t work with his family any more. His grandfather said he couldn’t leave, and offered to skip a generation, missing out Max and handing the reins directly to Michel. But Michel didn’t want the benefits of his hard work to go to underserving family members, so issued an ultimatum: he wanted to buy the company himself, or he would leave.    

Michel got his way, and the company. Since then, the Chapoutier firm, which was in grave peril, has been transformed beyond recognition. It is now a thriving commercial success, and has expanded far beyond its roots in the Rhône."

Today the vineyards owned by his firm are certified biodynamic. The vineyards in Chateauneuf du Pape covers some 30 ha.

Wines from Chateauneuf du Pape (all matured in concrete)

Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernadine
2016: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% other varieties.
This cuvée may contain wine from younger vines, bought wines from other producers, and may disappoint. The more expensive cuvées are among the very best wines from the appellation.
When you see the vineyards you will see, that the yield must be very low. Really like biodynamique vineyards withtout compromises

Chateauneuf du Pape Pie VI
2016: 65% Grenache, 35% Syrah. 40€

Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois
2018: 100% Grenache, 60-80-years-old. From a parcel at lieu-dit Croix de Bois near Bedarrides. Yield: 10 hl./ha. (2018: 94€)

Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac
2018: 100% Grenache, 90-100-years-old. From a vineyard near Mont-Redon. Yield: 10 hl./ha. (2018: 130€)

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc La Bernadine
2018: Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Clairette, Roussane.
A part is aged in demi-muids. (40,5€)

Michel Chapoutier. Photo: © Jamie Goode, wineanorac.com

A corner of the cellar with concrete tanks. Photo: Arnie Millan

Michel Chapoutier with his wife Corinne and his daugther Mathilde

The base for La Bernadine at D17 between Chateauneuf du Pape and Roquemaure

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Updated 2022-02-16