M. Chapoutier tasting at Steve’s. 22nd January 2013


M. Chapoutier masterclass tasting of some of their top wines with Nelly France, export director for the UK, France & Oceania. Hosted by Steve’s and Fine Wine Wholesalers. Big thanks for inviting me to this excellent tasting and provided a rare chance to try some of these wines before buying.

2009 Le Ermite – Ermitage Blanc

100% Marsanne.

Apparently only a few dozen bottles make it into Australia each year.

Wow, excellent white wine. Wrote down one word at the tasting – “Sensational”.

Big mouthful of flavour that lingers forever, slowly building in weight as it sits on your palate. A wine of immense intensity. On reflection, probably the best white wine I have ever tasted and up there with my favorite wines of all time.

An honor to have tried this.

Has a RRP of $1,000

2009 Les Meysonniers – Crozes Hermitage 100% Syrah.

Good perfume of plums and florals. Black pepper and deli meats accompany the palate. Nice grip. Moderate length. Easy and pleasant.

RRP $45

2009 Les Varonniers – Crozes Hermitage

100% Syrah

Big step up from the Les Meysonniers. Less pepper, more spice. The perfume is evident again, but more intense. Ripe and expressive. An excellent, intense wine with vibrant energy. This wine lingers nicely on the palate. Not too tannic and quite approachable already.

Great stuff!

RRP $140

2010 La Bernadine – Chateauneuf du Pape. RRP $75

2009 Barbe Rac – Chateauneuf du Pape. RRP??

Wasn’t a fan of these 2 wines from Chateauneuf du Pape. They were both very deep, broody wines. But hints of fly spray, meaty, metallic notes did not win me over.


2009 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Visitare Intoire Terrae

Blend of Grenache 65% & Syrah 35%

Big, rich and meaty with adequate sweet fruits backing this up. Persistent and silky mouthfeel. Loved this.

RRP $155

2006 Les Becasses – Cote Rotie

100% Syrah.

Earthy, spice, granite like minerality with some Kalamata olives.

Finished a touch short and was not as persistent as some of the other wines. Good wine, but not for the price.

RRP $140

Favourite wines?

Easily the Le Ermite Blanc was my hands down favorite.

Next 2 were the Les Varonniers – Crozes Hermitage and the Cotes du Roussillon Villages Visitare Intoire Terrae.

Expensive wines, but in my humble opinion, well worth it.

About Perth Wine Enthusiast

Casual observations of a Perth wine enthusiast. I am a recently turned 40 husband to a wonderful wife and father to 3 fantastic children. When work and family are not occupying me, my thoughts frequently turn towards two of my other passions in life, wine and food.


  1. griff

    Had the 2008 L’Ermite Blanc and Rouge at a tasting in London. Pretty special despite the year. I can only imagine what the 2009’s were like.

  2. Pingback: 2009 M. Chapoutier. Domaine de Bila-Haut. Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France. 14.5% « Perth Wine Enthusiast

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