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1996 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne

  • 90 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • Variety

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SKU: 51254-1996-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    Ruby-red. Raw crushed berries, black cherry, shoe polish and pepper on the nose, plus an intriguing vegetal note that adds to its complexity. Sweet and supple in the mouth; again, a fruit-driven style of syrah but a distinct step up in texture and concentration from some of the other Chapoutier '96s. Solidly structured, with rather strong acidity and substantial tongue-dusting tannins. Finishes quite firm, with notes of violet and pepper.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 1999
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The 1996 Hermitage La Sizeranne exhibits a saturated dense purple color, a classic, smoky, cassis-scented nose, and fresh acidity nicely meshed with the wine's rich, concentrated black fruit character and high tannin. This full-bodied, muscular, backward La Sizeranne requires patience. It is aged all in cask, of which 50% were new.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Wonderful minerally red, with ripe fruit flavors backed by subtle toasted oak, grilled meat, black pepper, cassis and mint. Deploys ripe, sweet, palate-coating tannins. Full-bodied, its earthy, rocky notes are lovely on the balanced finish.
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
  • Self | Rating: 85

    disappointing bottle. Never lived up to ratings.
    Author: Johnnymd
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

  • 158 bottles owned
  • 38 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 85
    (Out of 38 collectors)