|Color & Type
Hermitage wines possess a rich historical past. They were appreciated as early on as Roman times when they were enjoyed (as well as Cote Rotie wines) under the name of "Vienne wines" and were later to be called "Saint Christopher's hillside wines" because of a chapel there bearing the saint's name. They were also to be known of as “Tournon wines".
The Marsanne grapes for Chapoutier Chante Alouette come from three different vineyards: “Le Meal” (this is an old fluvioglacial alluvial deposit soil with numerous shingles), “Les Murets” (soils consist of granitic arena and alluvial deposits of same nature), and “Chante-Alouette” (it is set on loess soil with a fine layer of clay and limestone).
The wine has a brilliant and green gold color. On the nose are complex and subtle aromas of quince, walnut, honey, ginger, and acacia with a hint of linden-tree. The wine has a frank attack, without aggressiveness, and a final finish of almond. It is very elegant and has good length.
Chapoutier is one of the oldest wine producers in the Rhone Valley with a history dating back to 1808. A distant ancestor, Polydor Chapoutier, was the first to buy vines here, shifting from being a simple grape grower to making and trading his own wine. For the last two hundred years, the estate has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley. Today, the range also includes wines from some Roussillon appellations as well as projects in Portugal and Australia.
Under Michel Chapoutier’s leadership, quality improved and Chapoutier gained international recognition. The massive negociant and winery produces single-vineyard expressions and classic wines from a range of appellations in the north and south of the valley.
They have adopted biodynamic farming techniques and have included Braille markings on their labels since 1996. This was done from a desire to reach out to and include lovers of good wines with sight-impairments, and as a tribute to Maurice Monier of La Sizeranne, a member of the family that previously owned the vines of the same name and who invented the first abbreviated version of Braille.