Most wine drinkers are familiar with the wine maker Michel Chapoutier, one of the most highly regarded winemakers in France. Chapoutier produces world renowned Hermitage, Côte-Rôtie, and Châteuaneuf-du-Pape and has produced more 100 point wines than any other producer in the world. Michel Chapoutier’s wines are terroir driven, and when sipping his wines you get a clear sense of typicality . When I was invited to have dinner with Mathilde Chapoutier, Michel Chapoutier’s 25 year old daughter, I was highly intrigued.
Mathilde Chapoutier is an eighth generation wine maker in the Chapoutier family. She is young, smart, beautiful, and worldly. With her many travels and adventures, she brings global experiences to M. Chapoutier. With a legendary father in the background, Mathilde stands her own as Chief of Strategy and Business Development for the Chapoutier group, bringing with her the energy, enthusiasm, and vision of a new generation of wine makers.
Mathilde grew up on the beautiful hills of Hermitage. Her first passion and talent was shooting where she won many competitions and earned a spot on the French shooting team. Mathilde debated a career in shooting, but eventually decided to go to school for international negotiations and conflict management. After completing her studies she moved to China for three years to study economics, finance and Mandarin. During her time in China she built the brand presence for Chapoutier throughout Asia.
Côtes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rosé is her signature wine and is a perfect blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. This is the second vintage she has produced. At first when she approached her father to produce this wine, he was hesitant as he was not a fan of Provence rosés. Mathilde quickly changed his opinion with this wine, producing a dry rosé that Michel loves and drinks regularly. Like Mathilde the wine is versatile, fun and full of charm.
Over the course of our dinner, we immediately sensed Mathilde’s elegance, grace and talent. Not only did she make Côtes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rosé, she also played with her inner artistic talents and designed the label for the wine.
Côtes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rosé (Retail $19.99) has a delicate pink hue and a silky texture that captured my palate. It offered aromatic flavors of red fruit, exotic spice and floral notes. The wine explodes with energetic, vibrant, fresh fruit. Notes of citrus, raspberries, stone fruit, violets and nutmeg danced on the tongue. The wine had infinite persistence with a long mouthwatering finish and is absolutely stunning right till the end. Like wines produced by her father, this rosé, has wonderful structure, juicy acidity, and minerality that captures the essence of the terroir.
This dry delicate rosé is unlike other wines. What makes this rosé stand out is its versatility. Along with Mathilde we enjoyed many delicious bottles of this rosé over dinner at Augustine’s in NYC, and it was perfect as an aperitif, it paired wonderfully with a light salad, it stood solid next to a rich duck entree and we even drank more bottles with dessert.
This rosé will be one of those wines that you can drink all summer , by the pool with friends, on a picnic, on the beach or dinner with friends. In the background, this rosé will evoke a jovial atmosphere and leave wonderful memories of fun times. Mathilde will urge you not to limit this wine to the summer months, it is a wine that you can enjoy year long.
With rosé season in full gear, stock up on this delicious wine. Buy it by the case load and experience for yourself the simplicity and sheer fun of Mathilde Chapoutier’s wine.