Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage Rouge 750ml
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Discover Blended Red Wine Wines
In the United States, a red mix is any American wine that isn't produced from a single grape type. It's an odd classification since many, if not all, red wines are and have always been mixes. A grand cru Bordeaux produced entirely of Cabernet, as well as Chiantis made entirely of Sangiovese, are the exception rather than the norm. In addition, California law only requires a wine's label to contain 75% of the grape type.
Winemakers combine grapes because it enables them to create a wine in a sense. A splash of Merlot may help soften Cabernet's tannins, while a dash of Syrah can give watery, inexpensive Pinot some punch. Blending is common in several regions: Rioja, for example, has traditionally blended Tempranillo, Graciano, and Garnacha. Many modern, inexpensive red blends, on the other hand, are simply created for mass appeallots of superripe, black fruit and no acidityusing whatever varietals would suffice.
About the Producer: M. Chapoutier
Maison M. Chapoutier is one of the largest and most recognized producers in the Rhône Valley. It is known for its wines from the north and south of the valley, but in particular for its red and white Hermitage wines, made from Syrah and a blend of Marsanne and Roussanne, respectively. The history of the family in Rhone dates back to 1808, but only in 1879 Polidor Chapoutier transferred the family from the cultivation of grapes to the production and marketing of wine. In 1988, the company was acquired by Michel Chapoutier and the pursuit of quality led the Chapoutier label to gain international recognition. Michel Chapoutier abandoned traditional large nut fluids for aging, opting for smaller oak barrels with a shorter aging period. ... He also argued that wines remain unfiltered and unrefined and only work with fruits grown biodynamically or organically in all vineyards. Since 1996, all M. Chapoutier labels have included Braille in honor of Maurice Monier de la Ciseranne, who created the short form of modern braille and was the original owner of the Chapoutier vineyard in Hermitage (in fact, Monier de la Ciseranne is the name of the best Chapoutier wine in the Hermitage). Outside the emblematic vineyards of the Hermitage, Chapoutier has vineyards across the Rhône, including lots at Côte-Roti, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Condrieu. They cover standard AOC vineyards and wine varieties. Chapoutier also produces regional wines from the Cote du Rhône and has stakes in grapes in Australia (Domaine Tournon), Portugal and Alsace.
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