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2009 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc

  • 99 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 90 JR
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SKU: 82513-2009-750

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating:

    2 ha, 100% Marsanne. Grapes producing Le M‚al come from the M‚al hillside. This is an old fluvioglacial alluvial deposit soil with large pebbles which contribute to the soil warming. The vines (more than 50 years old) produce very low yields and guarantee high quality.Pale gold. Intense nose that recalls coffee grounds and torrefaction. So much character! A strong streak of minerality too. Very complete and rich. A wine that almost demands a knife and fork. It is already open and gorgeous. I wonder whether it will close up? Tastes just fine and dandy already. I am betting on its being delicious throughout its long life, though it will never be marked by acidity. A little astringency on the finish.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    An undeniably rich, powerful, extracted expression of Pinot that offers a wine range of dense, concentrated blueberry, blackberry, pepper, spice, sage and cedar. The finish sails on and on.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    From a warm site and a hot vintage, the 2009 Ermitage le Meal Blanc was harvested on the August 28, and aged in 100% new French oak. Flirting with perfection and a full-bore, exotic, almost over-the-top expression of Marsanne, it has less minerality than the 2010, yet more of everything else with boatloads of caramelized fruits, buttered citrus, white flowers, honey and crushed rocks all soaring from the glass. Rich, layered, exuberant, unctuous and exotic, with stunning freshness despite it's thickness and weight, drink this incredible white anytime over the coming 30-40 years.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Vivid gold. Tropical fruits, honeysuckle and ginger on the highly fragrant nose. Lush and round in the mouth, offering honey-accented pineapple and guava flavors and a late kick of zesty spices. Shows an impressive blend of richness and vivacity and finishes with remarkable focus and lingering spiciness.
    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

    • 66 bottles owned
    • 10 collectors