It is impossible to talk about the M. Chapoutier company without referring to 1808, the year it all began. Let’s put the year in context and look at what has happened since then. It was almost 210 years ago…
In 1808, Calvet et Compagnie in the Rue de l’Hermitage in Tain was created, the premises were moved over to Octave Calvet. The company was then bought over and started to export wines to Holland, Switzerland and Germany. When one of the partners retired, Marius, one of the founders changed the name of the company to “Chapoutier et Compagnie”. In 1928, he then bought the La Ciboise property (1.15 hectares) and 1 year later created the new M. Chapoutier winery at the food of the Hermitage hill. His son succeeded the business in 1937. In 1989, wine maker Michel Chapoutier curated the first ‘plot selections’ and in 1990, he became the head of the company and began applying his belief in biodynamic cultivation.
Today, Mathilde and Maxime brought a new generation in joining Corinne and Michel Chapoutier and perpetuate the tradition of a family business, continuing to share a very particular vision of the world of vine – a philosophy based on the concept of ‘terroir, continuing to uphold the convictions that make M. Chapoutier the most admired brand name in French wines worldwide.
Humility is at the heart of the M. CHAPOUTIER soul. Nature always has the final say. The winemaker observes, decides and guides nature in the most respectful way possible. ‘Fac et spera’ (do and hope), has become the family currency, an ethos which has given rise to three fundamental values. Our founding values.
Opening to biodynamics is first of all about observing, noticing and acting. Some agricultural methods erode the soils and weaken them, they stifle biological life regardless how important it is. This observation led us to taking a stand and daring a disruptive move. Since 1991, biodynamics is at the heart M. CHAPOUTIER’s philosophy.
Michel Chapoutier claims to be a chineur. He creates terroirs where no one would dare to, where no one would bet a cent. In the Rhône Valley, the cradle of our Maison, then in Roussillon, Australia and Portugal, the terroirs were waiting for the right time to reveal themselves.
The terroir is a combination of soil, climate and man’s know-how. Getting the best possible snapshot of a terroir is the art of the vintner.
Pirramimma vineyards and winery are nestled behind the township of McLaren Vale, running parallel to Tatachilla Road. The mature vineyards are planted to 13 varieties and 40 designated blocks, spread over 300 acres and allow them to produce over 80 different wines, from the iconic McLaren Vale Shiraz, pioneered varieties such as Petit Verdot and Tannat, and an ancient collection of fortifieds.
Founded in 2005, the Barons de Rothschild Champagne House has established strong relationships with partner producers to craft champagnes of a rare elegance from exceptional terroirs and rigorously selected grapes. “Accomplishing through great achievements”, such has been the Rothschild family’s ambition for more than 250 years. Through the strength of its wine-growing experience, the family has joined forces with producers from Champagne to develop excellent champagnes which bring together know-how and tradition.
Anthonij Rupert Wyne was founded on the farm L’Ormarins in Franschhoek. Originally owned by the late Anthonij Rupert, who passed away in 2001, the farm was taken over by his brother Johann Rupert in 2003. It was Johann Rupert who constructed a state-of-the-art winemaking facility on the estate, and the beginnings of what was to become a sprawling enterprise with a focus on terroir-specific wines.
Takara has great experience in producing Shochu , Mirin and Sake for more than one-and-a-half centuries. Because Takara’s main business endeavors depend heavily on the mastery of natural processes such as fermentation, the Company feels a strong responsibility toward preserving the natural environment.
Certain names resonate strongly within Australian wine history and Jim Barry is one of them. It was Jim Barry’s drive that helped shape South Australia’s Clare Valley as a benchmark producer of world class Riesling and cemented it as one of Australia’s premier wine regions.