2003 Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Meal 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

Terrific focus to this extremely dense 2003, with a massive core of raspberry and red currant fruit holding sway over mineral, mocha-infused toast, floral and truffle notes. Then the fruit just cascades over itself on the creamy, endless finish. 300 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2030
Author: James Molesworth


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

Moving to the Ermitage releases, Chapoutier's 2003 Ermitage Le Meal comes from the warmest terroir on Hermitage Hill and is always the most up-front, layered and sexy of his Ermitage releases. Checking in at 16% alcohol and a thrilling effort any way you look at it, it offers layers of licorice-tinged black and blue fruits, tobacco leaf and liquid violet-like aromas and flavors to go with a full-bodied, layered and thrillingly textured profile on the palate. Tasting like the essence of this fabulous terroir, with beautiful freshness and sweet tannin, it's a joy to drink now given its wealth of fruit and texture, yet will evolve gracefully over the coming couple of decades given its perfect balance.

Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Issue: 212

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

Red-ruby color. Rich, dense and powerful on the nose, with aromas of mineral-laced cassis and smoky tobacco. Deep, velvety and lush, but with compelling focus and precision to the flavors of cherry compote, redcurrant and cassis. Finishes suave, silky and unflagging, with serious heft and weight.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 124

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Average rating: 96, based on 3 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

561 bottles owned by 136 collectors.

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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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See other similar producers: E. Guigal, Domaine Charvin

Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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