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M.Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Méal Blanc 2008 M.Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Méal Blanc 2008

M.Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Méal Blanc 2008

One of the coolest vintages in the decade.

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Unit Size:750ml

Alcohol Volume:13.5%

Region:Rhone Valley


Tasting Notes

Michel Chapoutier, an unconventional visionary, challenging tradition and passionately embracing biodynamics. Dedicated to expressing the soil's essence, his philosophy is deeply rooted in the land. Dressed in a radiant golden yellow, Le Méal shines brilliantly. Its scent is a potent mix, defined by a distinct mineral essence, a whiff of celery, and a subtle, seamlessly blended touch of oak. The palate begins with a generous embrace, transitioning into a smooth flow marked by a zesty exotic touch and the warm notes of roasted almond. Depending on its vintage, this wine's elegance has the potential to unfold over 30 to a remarkable 75 years.

Technical Info



Organic Certification:ECOCERT - 26/30914/1282789

Country of Origin:France

Serving Temperature:12-14°C

Drink By:2028

Wine Ageing:10-12 months in large used French oak casks.

Winemaking Style:Innovative

Harvest:Hand-picked grapes to small perforated boxes of 15 kg.

Winemaking:After pressing, the must undergoes cold settling for a period between 24 and 48 hours. Approximately 50% of the volume is vinified in large new wooden barrels (600 liters), while the remaining ferments in vats.

Viticulture:The grapes producing “Le Méal” come from the Méal hillside. This is an old fluvioglacial alluvial deposit soil with shingles which contribute to the soil warming

Food Pairing:Lobster bisque with saffron and crème fraîche, Grilled lobster tail, Saffron risotto, Polenta with truffle and Parmigiano-Reggiano, Cauliflower velouté

Reviews and Accolades



Robert Parker

One of the coolest vintages in the decade, the 2008 Ermitage le Meal Blanc is a serious, full-bodied, ripe and textured beauty that has lively acidity in its honeyed fruits, buttered-citrus and caramel aromas and flavors. Defying the vintage stereotype and possessing ample ripeness and depth, it won't be as long-lived as some of the bigger, richer vintages, but will still drink beautifully for another 15-20 years.


Decanter Magazine

This 100% Marsanne comes from a 2ha plot of 50-year-old vines on alluvial deposits and large stones. 2008 was a fairly average vintage in the Rhône, arguably the worst of the 2000s along with the dire 2002, but the whites are better than the reds, as this wine shows. It's a little skinnier and straighter than average, but still thoroughly enjoyable, with a little touch of vanilla pod to the poached pear and mango flavours. It has vibrant acidity and a more bitter finish than usual.

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Michel Chapoutier is an emblematic figure in the world of wine, born into a long lineage of vine-growers, the Chapoutier family has been rooted in the Rhône region since 1808. Michel took over the family business, Maison M. Chapoutier, in 1990, bringing with him a revitalized approach and a deep respect for terroir and biodynamic viticulture with the entire estate being certified, a rarity for an estate of its size. His philosophy is founded on the belief that a wine should express the place from which it originates, the "terroir". This approach involves minimal intervention in both the vineyard and the winery, ensuring the wines remain true reflections of their origin. Throughout his career, Michel Chapoutier's unyielding passion, combined with his pioneering approach, has earned his wines a plethora of accolades. Today, Maison M. Chapoutier remains a beacon of the Rhône Valley, with Michel at its helm, continually pushing the boundaries of winemaking and ensuring each bottle tells the story of its terroir.

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