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2006 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal


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SKU: 49914-2006-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($270) Glass-staining ruby. Deep, brooding aromas of cherry and dark berry preserves, tobacco and smoky minerals; this has shut down since bottling. Extremely rich, palate-coating cherry and black fruit flavors show a mounting smokiness. Dark notes of licorice and black tea build on the long, gently sweet finish, which features furry tannins. No way I'd go near this for at least five or six years.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2009
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Superdense but really fresh, with a wild array of zesty blackberry, loganberry, linzer torte and briar notes laid over perfectly embedded tannins. Long and pure through the finish, with lots of minerality waiting in reserve. Great length.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2006 Ermitage le Meal showed a touch of dry tannin right on opening, but blossomed and sweetened up considerably with time in the glass. One of the more exotic wines in the retrospective, it offers tons of plums, toasted nut, beef blood and spice to go with a full-bodied, ripe, layered and ready-to-go style on the palate. Having just done a retrospective on the Les Greffieux last year, it's surprising to see the le Meal be the lighter weight, more evolved of these two 2006 Hermitages. Nevertheless, this is still a beautiful wine that has at least another decade or so of prime drinking.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Ruby red with a deep dark core. Ripe smoky fruit aromas, rich brandy soaked christmas cake and dark, black coffee. Intense flavour on the attack with ripe tarry black fruits and vanilla, yet velvety smooth and elegant on the mid-palate with dry grippy tannins and soft smoky wood. Creamy and long.
    Author: biggsy
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."

See other similar producers:E. Guigal,Domaine Charvin

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 197 bottles owned
  • 35 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 35 collectors)