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M.Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Méal Blanc 2009 M.Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Méal Blanc 2009

M.Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Méal Blanc 2009

99 Points Robert Parker

Single Bottle:

$529.00
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Type:White

Varietal:Marsanne

Unit Size:750ml

Alcohol Volume:14.5%

Region:Rhone Valley

Country:France

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

Brand:M.Chapoutier

Closure:Cork

Organic Certification:ECOCERT - 26/30914/1282787

Country of Origin:France

Serving Temperature:12-14°C

Drink By:2030+

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 entire grapes, the must is cold settling between 24 and 48 hours. About 50% of the volume is vinified in big new wooden barrels (600 liters), the others ferment 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

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

99

Robert Parker

From a warm site and a hot vintage, the 2009 Ermitage le Meal Blanc was harvested on the August 28, and aged in 100% new French oak. Flirting with perfection and a full-bore, exotic, almost over-the-top expression of Marsanne, it has less minerality than the 2010, yet more of everything else with boatloads of caramelized fruits, buttered citrus, white flowers, honey and crushed rocks all soaring from the glass. Rich, layered, exuberant, unctuous and exotic, with stunning freshness despite it's thickness and weight, drink this incredible white anytime over the coming 30-40 years.

Taste Profile

Light

Full Body

Dry

Sweet

Fruity

Savoury

Tannins (Bitterness)

Acidity

M.Chapoutier

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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