M. Chapoutier Syrah Crozes-Hermitage Petite Ruche 1999
"...boasts creme de cassis aromatics intermixed with unmistakable aromas of ink. It is pure fruit...and fabously concentrated as well as powerful, with a finish that lasts for fifty seconds, this saturated black/purple-colored 1999 exhibits remarkable symmetry, purity, and overall massive size juxtaposed with a sense of elegance and restraint. It is a monumental achievement...96+." WA 4/02.
The name CHAPOUTIER is present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Polydor CHAPOUTIER was the first to begin to buy vines, thus moving from the status of wine-grower of an estate to that of a viticulturist, a wine producer and a businessman. The pioneering spirit was already present in the family.