Tag: Luberon

M. Chapoutier Les Incontournables Crozes-Hermitage and Luberon 2016

Here are two sound releases from M. Chapoutier, both from the 2016 vintage.  Luberon sits between the southern Rhône valley and Provence, whilst Crozes-Hermitage is in the northern Rhône and quite different in style.  The 2016 vintage appears sound in the northern Rhône and a great vintage in the southern Rhône.  I find Jancis Robinson’s website useful for vintage reports, although they can be on the tough side.  See here www.jancisrobinson.com/learn/vintages.

Luberon Les Incontournables 2016
This is pretty good for $14.  A grenache blend, it has fruity aromatics and an intensity that could place this wine as from Australia.  There’s sweet fruit, herbs and chocolate by way of aroma.  The palate is full bodied, with good length and a hot finish.  Rating: Good. Abv: 14%. Price: $14. Website: www.chapoutier.com

Crozes-Hermitage Les Incontournables 2016
This is quite a lovely Crozes-Hermitage release.  Less deeply coloured than the Luberon, it has fragrant aromatics of perfume, roses, florals and apricot.  The palate is quite primary with some jammy fruit and approachable tannins.   This wine is ready to drink now.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $28. Website: www.chapoutier.com.

Chapoutier Luberon 2014

There are only so many appellations I can remember and I’m afraid Luberon isn’t one of them.  The possibility that it may, on examination, prove to be a planet in the Alderaan system remained a stubborn thought.  Closer investigation however reveals Luberon to be a fashionable and very sunny wine region sitting between the Rhône Valley and Provence and producing reds based on syrah and grenache.  The wine?  The 2014 Luberon from Chapoutier has aromatics of sweet cherry, game and raspberry.  The palate is medium bodied and balanced.  Perfectly pleasant for the humble price of $13.

Rating: Acceptable
Abv: 13.5%
Price: $13
Vendors and website: http://www.mchapoutieraustralia.com
Tasted: 2016