Chapoutier Les Meysonniers Crozes Hermitage Blanc 2015
Your experience with single-vineyard Crozes-Hermitage Blanc or the grape Marsanne may just be limited to the phrase, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Hey, I get it. Because that’s been my experience, too. It’s not like Chapoutier Les Meysonniers Crozes-Hermitage Blanc just rolls off the tongue, or evokes even a hint of the wine’s majestic taste.
So let me serve you straight up: Here is a wine that delivers enormous hedonistic and intellectual pleasure from a tiny region of France. It’s normally incredibly expensive, but we’ve got it at a shockingly low price. Now to unpack it:
Hermitage is a single hillside in the northern Rhone of France. It’s famous, REALLY famous, but tiny. So if you want to drop a name to your wine-geek friends tell them you’ve been drinking Hermitage. Crozes-Hermitage is the area (and village) north of the hill of Hermitage. It’s not as famous, but it is still tiny.
Crozes-Hermitage is the ancestral home of two white (and some red) grape varieties – Marsanne and Roussane. Because these regions are so small, and the grapes so particular to site, most people simply have no experience drinking wine made from the grape varieties. But we’re gonna change all that with this email offer. But first:
Chapoutier is a longstanding, 200-plus-year-old producer in the northern Rhone. The family is justly famous for its long tradition of making fine wine, but they aren’t resting on their laurels. New projects at home and abroad continue with the next generation of Chapoutiers. Further, all of their vineyards are biodynamic with complete respect to nature.
Today’s wine, made from 100% Marsanne, 100% from the village of Crozes-Hermitage, and 100% from the single site Les Meysonniers. Its irresistible flavor phenomena is gonna trip every sensorial trigger:
This white offers up a crazy array of sun-kissed pineapple, roasted pear, golden sultanas, white flint, quince, and subtle notes of tangerine and Meyer lemon. It’s a full-bodied white, weighty and rounded with nut and spice, but dances across the palate with cooling notes of minerality. The finish resolves in a caramelized orange, savory and nutty texture that beguiles with its sheer vibrancy. There is nothing in the wine world to compare this to, nor should there be – it’s great.
As you may guess from how many times I have used word “tiny” or “small” in this email, Les Meysonniers isn’t something you find sitting on grocery store shelves, pining away its time for the right suitor. It’s a treasure that few in their lifetime ever experience. I’m not sure how or why I got a deal on this gem, but I did. There is simply no reason not to take advantage.
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