1995 Chapoutier - Cote-Rotie La Mordoree 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Cote Rotie/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

WA 95   WS 90   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

Chapoutier makes no bones about the fact that he prefers his 1996 Cote Roties to his 1995s. Wealthy readers with access to Chapoutier's wines will have fun determining whether the 1995 or 1996 Cote Rotie La Mordoree is the superior wine. Both are terrific examples of Cote Rotie with 20-25 years of evolution. Chapoutier prefers the 1996. The 1995 is a superb wine, but I am not sure the 1996 isn't a point or two better. Both wines possess intensely-saturated black/purple colors, and smoky, black raspberry, coffee, and chocolate-scented noses with black olives thrown in for complexity. The 1996 may have greater length, but that is splitting hairs at this level of quality. Both are medium to full-bodied, rich, extraordinary examples of Cote Rotie that possess power as well as finesse. Both will require cellaring to reveal their personalities.

Drink Dates: 2003-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 113

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Riper and more concentrated than many wines of the vintage, this shows deep violet color, with expressive toasted aromas and dense, chewy flavors of cassis, blackberry and spice. It's a bit clumsy now, but should unwind and harmonize by 2000.

Drink Dates: 2000+
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/30/2008
Drink Dates: 2005-2020
Wow. Terrific nose of marshmellow and liquer. This wine has multiple layers of licorice, cocoa and dark fruit. Nice finish. While still evolving it is difficult to delay drinking now.

Rating: 93
Author: vanenburg
Tasted On: 12/24/2008
Purple in color. Medium rim variation. Slow legs. Black Pepper. Blackberry. Medium bodied. Round texture. Medium finish.

Average rating: 93, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

346 bottles owned by 111 collectors.

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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."

See other similar producers: E. Guigal, Domaine Charvin

Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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