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1996 M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Les Varonniers

  • 90 WA
  • 85 WS
  • 89 IWC
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SKU: 49080-1996-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 85

    Fairly complex, in an international, new-oakish style. Quite generous, showing ripe berry and plum flavors accented by mocha, spice and toasty oak. Medium- to full-bodied, with sweet tannins that soften the edges a bit. Balanced finish, but a green character does peek through at the end.
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    Good dark red. Liqueur-like kirsch and licorice aromas. Thick and sweet but shapely and structured. The blackberry flavor is notably ripe for the year. Firm on the finish, with fine tannins and lovely persistence of dark berry flavor. May yet merit a 90-point score.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 1999
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    t is hard to find a better Crozes-Hermitage than Chapoutier's single-vineyard Les Varonniers. Because of its high acidity, the 1996 Crozes-Hermitage Les Varonnieres has gone into a closed, tightly-knit stage. Nevertheless, the saturated dark ruby/purple color and gorgeous nose of smoked meats, blackberries, kirsch, and anise are impressive. The wine is medium to full-bodied and highly-extracted, but the vintage's high acidity causes it to be tight and firm.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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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    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 52 bottles owned
    • 8 collectors