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2009 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal

  • 100 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 93 JR
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SKU: 49914-2009-750-1A

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    2.2 ha, 100% Syrah. This wine is produced with grapes coming from Le M‚al hillside (150- to 200-metres altitude). It takes its name from the old French word meaning 'the best'. This slope is composed of high terraces of shingles and clay. Vines are over 50 years old. Yields are again exceptionally low, at around 20 hl/ha.Deep crimson. Lightly scented and meaty on the nose. Almost more of an essence than a wine. Very introvert indeed with an enormous register of tannins brooding down below the ripe fruit. Embryonic. This wine has so much development to do. A bit severe for the moment. Very clean and fresh already though.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    Even inkier in color than the 2010, the 2009 Ermitage le Meal is as good as Hermitage gets. Locked and loaded with phenomenal notes of jammy black raspberries, creme de cassis, crushed violets, smoked earth and spice, it's thick and unctuous on the palate, with incredible density, a huge mid-palate and a layered, multi-dimensional, seamless, elegant texture that just keeps you coming back and begging for another sip. More hedonistic and voluptuous than the 2010, it should still evolve for just as long, yet have even a broader drink window.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    This almost gushes with ripe plum, cassis, blackberry and black currant fruit, but stays harnessed, with spice-tinged grip, a tarry spine and a piercing cassis bush' and iron-inflected finish that will need cellaring to unfurl fully. 625 cases made.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Vivid purple. Highly perfumed aromas of boysenberry and blueberry liqueur, with spice and potpourri notes adding complexity. Powerful but lively black and blue fruit flavors show excellent clarity and stain the palate. This wine has gained in elegance over the past year. The vibrant finish clings with outstanding tenacity.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: March/April 2012
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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

    • 158 bottles owned
    • 30 collectors