Maison M. Chapoutier
Founded in 1808, the name Chapoutier occupies a storied place in the Rhône Valley. For over 200 years, M. Chapoutier winery has produced wines from esteemed vineyard sites such as Hermitage, Côte-Rôtie and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In 1990, with the arrival of current proprietor and seventh generation winemaker Michel Chapoutier, came a new perspective with bold initiatives. Michel’s vision is rooted in the concept of selecting plots and producing wines that capture the most precise expression of each terroir. A profound respect for nature and its rhythms inspires Michel, who has pursued an unwavering commitment to practicing biodynamic viticulture since 1991. By nurturing the organic quality of the soil, each wine reflects the particular character of the vineyard and the vintage. M. Chapoutier was the first wine producer to introduce braille on its labels, in tribute to Maurice Monier de la Sizeranne, original owner of the famed Hermitage plot and inventor of the first modern abbreviated form of Braille. It implies openness and sharing, making wine accessible to all. In each instance, Michel’s decisions were, and continue to be, driven by a deep respect for the soil, climate, and his fellow human beings. Michel has gained international recognition for his extraordinary wines from the Rhône Valley, expanding his wine-growing skills to terroirs around the globe.