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2000 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal

  • 94 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 93 JR
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SKU: 49914-2000-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($317) Saturated ruby-red. Very expressive, inviting aromas of plum, coffee, smoked meat, animal fur and caramel. Dense, seamless and concentrated; very suave Hermitage, with ripe acids contributing to the impression of balance. The substantial but smooth tannins arrive quite late and spread out on the palate, giving the plum and currant fruit flavors a chance to blossom. Much more open than the 2001: this can be enjoyed now or cellared.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2003
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Another wine drinking at maturity is the 2000 Ermitage le Meal. Offering up a fresh, nicely defined bouquet of dark fruits, gamy meats, pepper, mint and hints of olive, it's medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, supple and delicious. Like the 2001, it's drinking at point but should hold nicely for another decade.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Notably dark crimson. Autumnal, almost compost notes. Not as concentrated as the Pavillon even though it is 14.5% rather than Pavillon's 14% alcohol but very racy and captivating. Very long and powerful with more obvious acidity. Real life to this wine.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 38844
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Very funky and earthy, but why not? It's distinctive, odd, different. And there is plenty of generous and ripe fruit along with soft, supple, sweet tannins. A lovely wine (as long as you don't mind a hint of horse-stable aroma).
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
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  • 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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    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 117 bottles owned
    • 26 collectors