2010 M. Chapoutier Tournon "Mathilda" Shiraz, Victoria (Elsewhere $16)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
These Chapoutier wines are sometimes reviewed by my colleagues David Schildknect in his Languedoc-Roussillon report and Lisa Perrotti-Brown in her reviews of Australian wines, so I will just list the wines, my score, and the region from which they emerge. They are of very high quality and deserve readers’ attention. Hopefully my prose has convinced more than a handful of readers to try these remarkable wines from one of the most fascinating and compelling personalities in the entire wine world, and one dedicated to the highest quality.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Smoky, slightly reduced aromas of dried cherry, dark berry skin and cured meat. Juicy, penetrating and spicy on the palate, offering tangy dark fruit flavors that become sweeter with air. Smooth and fruity on the finish, which lingers with very good energy and just a whisper of tannins. This appealingly fruity shiraz checks in at 13.5% alcohol, which makes it a lower octane wine than many of Chapoutier's Rhone Valley bottlings.
*Special Value Selection* Medium red-purple; made for reasonably early, relaxed consumption, and succeeds admirably; it's driven by its fresh red berry fruits, but does have some fine tannin support, and the overall mouthfeel and balance are good. The braille on the label is a nice touch.
Smooth and spicy, tart on balance but ripe in flavor, with a black pepper edge to the cherry and nutmeg notes. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2012)
This is a great deall in highly-rated Aussie Shiraz from Chapoutier combining lovely pure Australian fruit with some very traditional game and garrige notes harking back to the Rhone Valley. Winemaker's Notes: "brilliant, dark ruby colour, the nose is deep with black fruits and pepper aromas. On the palate supple and greedy with silky and elegant tannins.