2012 Hermitage, Monier de la Sizeranne, Maison Chapoutier

2012 Hermitage, Monier de la Sizeranne, Maison Chapoutier

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2012 Hermitage, Monier de la Sizeranne, Maison Chapoutier


Our 2012 Rhône Vintage Recommendation: Best-value Northern Rhône Red
Great class and detail on the nose. Very good balance on the palate: an easy-drinking style of Hermitage, poised and elegant, crisp and fine, good length and concentration. This will drink young and give great pleasure in its first 10 to 12 years of life.
Chris Pollington, Private Account Manager

The depth of the Chapoutier holdings on the hill of Hermitage is underlined by the fact that their so-called work-horse blend, another long-standing Berry Bros. & Rudd listing, is so extraordinarily good.  The essence of fine Hermitage, the wine opens up with a great smoky flourish, its dark fruit stoking its engine of potential.
Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer 

Our brief encounter with Michel Chapoutier this year took on an element of farce, French farce you might say, although it took place in the Hermitage vineyards rather than in a well-upholstered Parisan salon. Michel was inspecting the vines with an appropriately deferential team of winemakers and we were hoping to interview and photograph him. The closer we got, the further away he seemed to be. This chimerical liaison reflects both the surprisingly undulating topography of Hermitage and the unsurprisingly elusive nature of the man himself. Of course when we finally caught up with him, he was charm itself. As are his outstanding range of 2012s.

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Jancis Robinson MW17/20
Wine Advocate90/100
The 2012 reds started with the 2012 Hermitage la Sizeranne, which comes from a number of lieux-dits in Hermitage. Outstanding stuff, it has lots of smoked herbs, saddle leather, pepper and minerality to go with a solid core of raspberry/blackberry fruit. Fleshy, ripe and textured, with fantastic purity, it's a pleasure-bent effort to drink over the coming 7-8 years.
Jeb Dunnuck - 30/12/2014 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW17/20
Syrah, 12-14 months in oak barrique. A blend of different vineyards: Les Bessards (granite), Le Méal (ancient fertile alluvial terraces), and Les Greffieux (limon soils with a lot of cailloux roulés). Some warmth on the nose and friendly build but still very embryonic.
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About this WINE

Maison Chapoutier

Maison Chapoutier

Michel Chapoutier’s range, which grows ever-more impressive, is the most complete dissection of the region’s styles and terroir. The domaine was founded in 1808. When Michel took charge in 1988, he became the seventh generation of his family to run the domaine. Since then, quality has soared, and he is now farming all his vineyards biodynamically and busily investing in new winemaking projects across the globe, as far-flung as Australia.

Chapoutier describes 2019 as a year of extremes, but an exceptional vintage that produced fine, elegant reds, and balanced, mineral whites. He feels the year’s heat has translated to intensity and depth of profile. Wines at the higher end of the range are built to age and will do so fantastically.

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Hermitage is the most famous of all the northern Rhône appellations. The hill of Hermitage is situated above the town of Tain and overlooks the town of Tournon, just across the river.  Hermitage has 120 hectares and produces tiny quantities of very long-lived reds.

The vines were grown in Roman times, although local folklore claims their origins to be nearly 600 years earlier. The name ‘Hermitage’ first appeared in the 16th century, derived from a legend of the 13th century Crusade, involving a wounded knight called Gaspard de Stérimberg, who made refuge on the hill, planted vines and became a hermit.

During the 17th century Hermitage was recognised as one of the finest in Europe. In 1775, Ch. Lafite was blended with Hermitage and was one of the greatest wines of its day. In the late 19th century, however, Phylloxera wiped out all the vineyards.

The wines are powerful, with a deep colour and firm tannins, developing into some of the finest examples in France, with the potential to age for many decades. The best Hermitage is produced from several climats or more, blended together. The main climats are Les Bessards, Le Meal, L’Hermite, Les Greffieux and Les Diognieres.  Most of the finest climats face broadly south, giving maximum sunshine. Most growers only have one or two climats and they might not complement each other; Hermitage quality can therefore vary hugely. Only the top producers have extensive diversified holdings.

Eighty percent of the wine produced is red, however up to 15 percent of white grapes can be used in the blend. Most growers use 100 percent Syrah and utilise the white grapes to make white wines only. Chapoutier, Jaboulet and Tain l’Hermitage Co-operative are the principle proprietors of the appellation’s vineyards.

The white wines are made from the Marsanne and Roussanne grapes. Great white Hermitage has the ability to age, taking on the fruit characters of apricots and peaches, often giving a very nutty finish. The best examples in great vintages can last 50 years.

Mature red Hermitage can be confused with old Bordeaux. In a blind tasting of 1961 First Growth Clarets, the famous 1961 Hermitage La Chapelle was included. Most people, including its owner, Gerard Jaboulet, mistook it for Ch. Margaux.

Recommended producers: ChaveJabouletChapoutierFerratonColombier
Best vintages: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1991, 1990, 1985

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A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

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