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.
Today the vineyards owned by his firm are certified biodynamic. The vineyards in Chateauneuf du Pape  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 omong the 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 compmises

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

Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois
2016: 100% Grenache, 60-80-years-old. From a parcel at lieu-dit Croix de Bois near Bedarrides. Yield: 10 hl./ha.
According to the producer is should be able to be kept for 30-60 years.

Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac
2016: 100% Grenache, 90-100-years-old. From a vineyard near Mont-Redon. 
Yield: 10 hl./ha.
According to the producer it should be able to be kept for at least 30-60 years.

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 2021-03-25