1997 Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Meal 750ml

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1997 Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Meal

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International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

Bright medium red. Knockout aromas of black cherry, cassis, roasted Proven+ºal herbs, minerals and smoked meat. Tightly wrapped and nicely delineated, with fresh acidity for the vintage. Subtle, classy and extremely youthful. Finishes with very fine tannins and superb persistence.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 88

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Wine Advocate | 91-94

The 1997 Hermitage Le Meal displays fat, plumpness, and richness, without losing the floral, minerality. It is a finesse-styled Hermitage, with concentrated black fruits, and a high-toned, structured, well-delineated personality. Because of low acidity and a plump, plush texture, this wine will be approachable at an early age.

Drink Dates: 2005-2035
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 121

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Wine Spectator | 90

A surprising Hermitage that grows on you. Light inc olor and aroma, mature, with delicate red berry, fresh mushroom and plum character. Has a soft texture, but underneath there is an interesting terroir-driven tannin structure. Complex flavors kick in unexpectedly on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2000-2006
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson


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More Vintages and Sizes of Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Meal:

2010 (750ml)
2005 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)

About This Producer


This firm, founded in 1808, is the proprietor of 175 key acres of vines in five Rhone Valley appellations. Since the retirement of Max Chapoutier in 1989, his son Michel has revamped the winemaking process, and in doing so has elevated the stature of Chapoutier wines to rival some of the greatest in the region. The firm farms its vineyards biodynamically, and believes in the concept of monocepage, or the idea that each wine is produced entirely from a single grape variety. Chapoutier believes that blending mutes, rather than enhances, the character he seeks from his wines. Today the Chapoutier wines are considered benchmarks for the region, and other producers have begun to borrow the techniques and practices that Michel has been perfecting for nearly two decades. Perhaps Robert Parker, in his monumental book The World's Greatest Wine Estates, sums up the Chapoutier firm best: "A true biodynamically run estate since 1989, the objective has been to produce the purest and most natural expressions of terroir possible. Every decision is based on enhancing the characteristics of a wine's terroir, varietal character, and vintage trademark. In short, it is the earth that inspires this firm."

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