M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2016
|France, Rhone, Hermitage
Red fruits with a hint of licorice are evident on the nose. The palate is round and elegant with flavors of blackcurrant, raspberry and spicy aromas when it is young. Pair with venison fillet in red wine sauce, beef roast and mature cheeses.
With roots dating back to 1808, M. CHAPOUTIER is one of the oldest companies in the Rhône Valley. Yet, its world renown and the quality of wine can truly be accredited to the arrival of Michel Chapoutier in 1990. His willingness to change the set way, thirst for knowledge and open-mindedness, together with his drive to seek, discover and reflect the full potential of our terroirs, letting the soils express their true character, has put our wines firmly on the wine world map. This philosophy is what gives our wines their signature style, forms the basis of the M. CHAPOUTIER ethos and drives our team to reveal the very best of what the soils have to offer.
Assertive black raspberry, cherry, peony, apricot(!) and exotic spice aromas show fine definition and a touch of smoky minerality. Gently sweet, palate-staining black/blue fruit, spicecake and floral pastille flavors deepen with air and take on a licorice nuance and a spicy topnote. Rich but energetic as well, finishing with bright, minerally cut on a persistent finish that features youthfully gripping tannins and sexy floral and spice flourishes. This is shaping up to be the most impressive version of this bottling that I have ever tasted.
When a so-called entry-level wine performs at this level, you know that producer has had a stupendous year. The 2015 Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne is full-bodied, rich and concentrated, with loads of cassis fruit and masses of ripe tannin. To top it off, some meaty, savory notes creep in on the long finish, imparting some intriguing complexity.
Notes of moss, bramble and leather lend earthen, meaty accents to rich, concentrated black plum in this wine. It's full bodied and plummy but freshly balanced on the palate. The finish is bold, lingering on firm, gripping tannins. It's at its peak now through 2030 but should hold further still.
The entry-level hermitage, the 2015 Hermitage Monier De La Sizeranne comes from estate vineyards from throughout the appellation. It's loaded with fruit, yet stays firmly planted in Hermitage with its core of minerality. Blackberries, currants, crushed violets and pepper herbs notes all emerge from this sexy, full-bodied, round and supple beauty that's going to drink nicely for 10-15+ years.