M. Chapoutier : Les Varonniers 1998
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A full and firm Crozes-Ermitage red wine
Established since 1808 in Tain-L'Hermitage, M. Chapoutier today embodies the elite of Rhône Valley wines.
Winemaker and wine merchant, Michel Chapoutier has successfully brought this family-owned business to the very top. The wines by Maison Chapoutier are renowned by the finest connoisseurs from all around the world for their refinement and high quality. A man of many talents, Michel Chapoutier holds the world record for 100/100 scores awarded by the American critic, Robert Parker. Mathilde, Michel Chapoutier's daughter, has taken over the running of this iconic house, which has over 350 hectares of vineyards in the most prestigious appellations of northern and southern Rhône Valley.
Les Varonniers 1998 by M. Chapoutier is a Crozes-Ermitage wine made from old Syrah vines planted on south-west facing granite slopes at the end of the Hermitage hill.
Winemaking and ageing
Vinification in small concrete tanks. Vatting time of almost one month. Exclusive use of the run-off wine. Ageing for 14 to 18 months exclusively in oak barrels, a certain percentage of which were new.
Characteristics and tasting tips for Les Varonniers 1998 from M. Chapoutier
The wine has a very dark garnet red colour.
The nose is fruity, releasing notes of very ripe red fruit, blackcurrant and raspberry, then unveiling delicate licorice scents.
The palate delights with its roundness, powerful tannins and finish with jam and vanilla scents.
Food and wine pairing
This Rhône Valley wine pairs with small game (wild boar terrine, jugged hare) and cheeses (Saint Nectaire).