Tasting notes: The color is very deep and black with satiny tints. The first nose is dominated by notes of graphite and cold smoke, and then opens up to notes of bramble leaves and mixed berries. On the palate, it's compact on entry, with chiselled tannins and notes of black pepper and roasting over a saline finish. Verticality and purity are the keywords here.
About the winery: Michel is a seventh-generation Chapoutier winemaker at Tain-L'Hermitage, having acquired the family estate in 1990. Michel earned a reputation for producing wines that are highly representative of where they are grown, true "snapshots of the terroir."