The House of Chapoutier has a long and proud family tradition dating back to 1808. Today, seven generations later, Michel Chapoutier, the dynamic winemaker, carries on this tradition using biodynamic winemaking techniques to make outstanding wines which have received wide international acclaim. His often daring combination of old and new techniques and his creative solutions to old problems has transformed winemaking in the region and brought many accolades to both himself and his wines, including much praise from the respected Mr Robert Parker. He has the biggest holding in Hermitage and is also the largest biodynamic producer in France. Chapoutier’s commitment to Biodynamism is unflinching. The earth (terroir) is a living organism and must be respected and reflected through flavours unique to each parcel and vintage rather than strive for a common style. Chapoutier is also recognized by their use of Braille on the labels. This is no marketing ploy. Maurice Monier de la Sizeranne owner of the first plot of the Hermitage la Sizeranne – one of Chapoutier’s signature wines – is also the inventor of the first version of abbreviated Braille.