2003 Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 750ml

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IWC 92(+?)   WA 98   WS 97   Customer 
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

($166) Less exuberant than the Cuvee de l'Oree but also superripe and deep, hinting at candied fruit, honey, clove and minerals. Fatter, sweeter and more open today, with a very ripe flavor of pear syrup. More marked by the oak. Very large-scaled, powerful wine, with a somewhat warm finish. Very 2003 in style, and (but?) likely to be long-lived.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 118

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

Like the concentrated essence of bee's honey with resiny, flower, and mineral notes, the 2003 Ermitage Le Meal blanc is a huge, full-bodied, even tannic effort with amazing viscosity and thickness. This is a wine to drink young, or forget for two decades. To Chapoutier's credit, he is making these wines for posterity, not for immediate gratification.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 163

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

On the shy side aromatically (for now) this sneaks up on you with waves of almond, mango, papaya and glazed pear flavors. The texture is like coconut milk, the powerful finish is long and full of minerality. Great spine here, with marvelous balance. 300 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2030
Author: James Molesworth

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Customer Reviews For This Wine

Author: Peter B
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/27/2011
Drink Dates:
Tasted a little oxidized.

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About This Producer

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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