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M.Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Méal Blanc 2010 M.Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Méal Blanc 2010

M.Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Méal Blanc 2010

100 Points Robert Parker

Single Bottle:

$460.00
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Type:White

Varietal:Marsanne

Unit Size:750ml

Alcohol Volume:14%

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 - 26/30914/1282786

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

100

Robert Parker

The 2010 Ermitage le Meal Blanc is pure perfection in a glass. One of the densest, most concentrated, decadent and thrilling whites I've tasted, it offers a sensational bouquet of crème caramel, caramelized peach, crushed rock and smoke. Unctuous and chewy on the palate, with awesome depth of fruit, it has thrilling purity, laser focus and a finish that just won't quit. White wine does not get any better and it will have an incredible 50+ years of longevity.

98

Decanter Magazine

White Hermitage (or Ermitage as Chapoutier prefers) remains one of the great undervalued wines of the world, and this shows you exactly why everyone should be getting on board. Even now, at approaching 10 years old, it tastes incredibly young, with a good decade ahead of it. Silky texture, rich round stone fruits, citrus, rosemary, full of complexity and pleasure, with a point of anis bitterness on the finish. This is as decadent as white wine gets, and it's fabulous. Biodynamic.

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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