1998 M Chapoutier - Cote-Rotie Les Becasses 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Cote Rotie/ Red / Syrah
1998 M Chapoutier - Cote-Rotie Les Becasses
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Score: 93
Author: Jundt and Maritz wine
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/04/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2015
Wonderful, fully mature. Just slightly harsh at first, but after 15 min in the glass it opened up. Bramble, blackberry, cedar, hints of earthiness. Wonderful nose. Has to be at its peak, so drink over the next few years
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Author: darvid
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/23/2011
Drink Dates:
First bottle I've opened in five or six years - showing much better now. Classical and correct, although not generous, presentation of camphor, bacon, pepper, tapenade, and cranberry. Sparks any spice in food- i.e., there is plenty of acid and a little remaining tannin. Good plus. Not for long keeping: now through 2016.

About This Producer


This firm, founded in 1808, is the proprietor of 175 key acres of vines in five Rhone Valley appellations. Since the retirement of Max Chapoutier in 1989, his son Michel has revamped the winemaking process, and in doing so has elevated the stature of Chapoutier wines to rival some of the greatest in the region. The firm farms its vineyards biodynamically, and believes in the concept of monocepage, or the idea that each wine is produced entirely from a single grape variety. Chapoutier believes that blending mutes, rather than enhances, the character he seeks from his wines. Today the Chapoutier wines are considered benchmarks for the region, and other producers have begun to borrow the techniques and practices that Michel has been perfecting for nearly two decades. Perhaps Robert Parker, in his monumental book The World's Greatest Wine Estates, sums up the Chapoutier firm best: "A true biodynamically run estate since 1989, the objective has been to produce the purest and most natural expressions of terroir possible. Every decision is based on enhancing the characteristics of a wine's terroir, varietal character, and vintage trademark. In short, it is the earth that inspires this firm."

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