The world-renowned Chapoutier winemaking family are best known for their legendary Rhone wines, unfailing attention to quality, their ability to capture terroir, and their biodynamic practices. Never ones to rest on their laurels, Michel Chapoutier and his family are constantly striving to explore, discover and reflect the greatest terroirs they can find. Testament to this, in 2016 the family made the decision to invest in the delightful Provence region, which to quote Corinne Chapoutier, is ‘a natural continuation of the Rhône Valley’, purchasing the Provence estate ‘Château des Ferrages’ in Pourcieux.
The estate was already family owned and has been a regular recipient of various awards from the Courtiers Assermentés de France, Concours Général Agricole Paris, and Concours des Vignerons Indépendants de France, and under the Chapoutier family ownership and investment is going from strength to strength; both the 2017 & 2018 vintages of Mon Plaisir were awarded 91pts by Vinous (Josh Raynolds), making it consistently higher scoring than many of its more expensive neighbours…
Not only is there a strong argument for the region having arguably some of the greatest terroir for Rosé production, Provence is the only region in the world to have a research institute dedicated to the betterment of Rosé wine; Centre de Recherche et d’Expérimentation sur le Vin Rosé. Couple this with one of the world’s greatest winemaking families and their philosophy of Respect (for everything both natural and human), Adventure, Conviviality, and Generosity, and you have a winning formula.
- Château des Ferrages, Mon Plaisir Rosé 2018
- “Pale orange. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, orange pith, pungent flowers and smoky minerals that expand with air. Sappy and well-concentrated, offering mineral-tinged strawberry, blood orange and candied lavender flavors. Delivers solid closing power, sharp delineation and lingering florality on the persistent finish.” 91 pts JR, Vinous – Drinking window: 2019 – 2023