The single vineyard wines, or Sélections Parcellaires, of Michel Chapoutier have earned the position of reference points for the Rhône's finest appellations. While no formal hierarchical cru system exists in the Rhône, among producers, one has been in place for several generations. Vineyards names, or lieux-dits (named places) have been established over time, some officially and some through traditional usage. As the great growers have paid more attention to the unique character of their individual vineyard sites, they have been able to elevate a series of unique wines of place. Maison M. Chapoutier has been at the forefront of this movement with its Sélections Parcellaires, rare wines that have become the highest expressions of each its appellations.
Michel has elevated these parcels to an unofficial "grand cru" range. The quality of his wines result not only from his vineyard holdings, but also from his dedication to farming them according to a biodynamic viticultural philosophy that emphasizes extremely low yields, resulting in the ideal expression of soil character for each vineyard. The success of his efforts can be found in his offerings from the finest vineyard sites from the Northern and Southern Rhône.
With only 100 to 700 cases produced annually, these rare wines grown on ancient vines with minuscule yields include wines from the classic Southern Rhône appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The sublime Barbe Rac, grown from a vineyard planted in 1901 has an aging potential of over 80 years. In the Northern Rhône, the magnificent Ermite Rouge from ancient vines located at the top of the Hermitage Hill has an aging potential of over 100 years. The Mordorée, from Côte Rôtie, is grown on the oldest vines on the steep terraced vineyard located in Côte Brune and Côte Blonde above Ampuis. Reference point wines for each of their appellations, the Sélections Parcellaires of Maison M. Chapoutier are among the greatest red and white wines produced in the world.