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1996 Maison Chapoutier Cote-Rotie
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About Maison Chapoutier

Maison Chapoutier, the first négociant and producer to mark their bottlings with braille, was established in 1879 by Polydor Chapoutier. The business has remained family owned since then and is now run by Michel Chapoutier. His hands off approach to winemaking has lead to a resurgence in quality at Maison Chapoutier, which now produces some of the finest wines in the Rhone region of France.

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1996 Maison Chapoutier Cote-Rotie

Producer: Maison Chapoutier
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: France
Region: Rhone
Appellation: Cote Rotie

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87(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 1999

Good deep red. Cool, floral aromas of dark berries, licorice and spice. Bright, fresh and fruity, with decent density to buffer the acidity. A civilized, fruity style of Côte-Rôtie, not at all gamey. Shows more texture than Chapoutier's '96 Saint-Joseph Deschants ; will more complexity come with bottle aging?

80 Points | Wine Spectator
86 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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by salomone11894577
Drank down three of these quickly over the past year and they were just good, fresh red fruits and tangy acidity, not much tannin. The last bottle consumed last week however was decanted and savored and after three hours the wine had resolved into lovely raspberry and strawberry fruit with a silky mid palate and long finish, like a really good Morey St. Denis, for which it could have been mistaken blind. What a shame!


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About the Rhone Valley

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