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2007 Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Meal Blanc

FRANCE / RHONE / HERMITAGE
abv 14.0%
  • 99 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Marsanne
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SKU: 82513-2007-750-3B
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    A ripe, flattering style, with apricot, quince, grilled hazelnut and powdered ginger notes that all weave through the mouthwatering, floral-tinged finish. Persistent and well-knit, with the apricot note lingering.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Deep gold. Toasty nose as though this were much older than it is. Very smooth and beguiling and confident. Lots of hidden treasure here - almost as though grown on volcanic soils(!) it smoulders so much. A fascinating future seems assured.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    I was shocked by the 2007 Ermitage le Meal Blanc and from a vintage that yielded mostly forward, supple and approachable efforts, it has stunning concentration, density, depth and texture. Still light/medium gold in color, it offers classic crushed-rock-like minerality, licorice, charcoal and sauteed peach characteristics to go with a lively, fresh, yet full-bore and decadent profile on the palate. It has the concentration and purity to evolve for decades, but is mind-blowing stuff today.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Pale greenish gold. Orange, pear, hazelnut, sweet butter, truffle and minerals on the nose, with a slow-building floral quality; like a serious Chassagne-Montrachet. Palate-staining sweet citrus and orchard fruit flavors are underscored by smoky minerals and talc. The minerality seems to gain power on the finish, which is strikingly pure, focused and persistent. More energetic than the l'Oree, and in need of more patience.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2009
  • Self | Rating: 97

    TBC
    Author: Horms
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

  • 125 bottles owned
  • 23 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 23 collectors)