Michel Chapoutier is one of the most highly regarded winemakers in France. It was Michel Chapoutier's grandfather who ignited a passion for winemaking and a commitment to quality in his young grandson, inspiring Michel to leave Tain to study oenology at one of France's best winemaking schools, subsequently landing him winemaking internships in California. In 1987, Michel returned to Tain l'Hermitage and under his leadership, dramatic changes brought world acclaim to his wines.

"Michel Chapoutier's enthusiasm and commitment to exceptional, naturally made wines is a winemaking triumph, as well as a clear victory for all who care about the quality of wine."
~ Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate

The story behind Michel Chapoutier’s latest innovation, Marius, is one of deep family connection.  He remembers his great grandfather as a man with an insatiable thirst for life – and he is also the dapper gentleman who graces the label on Marius wines.

“Marius was all about the enthusiastic embrace of life and opportunity,” Michel Chapoutier said. “This is his wonderful legacy, and it’s one I want to honor with the wines that bear his name. These are honest, demystified wines – wines that bring people together.”

But more than a bon vivant, Marius Chapoutier played a key role in the development of the family wine enterprise, acquiring vineyards in the Hermitage area and directing construction of a new winery in 1929.  Because Michel shares the same visionary spirit and passion for life, wine and food, as his great grandfather, he has crafted this wine in his name to honor him.

When asked “What makes a good wine?” Marius would respond, “One that you want to taste again.”  This wine carries his message as well as the warmth of the soul in the South of France where this wine is rooted.