2007 Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal Blanc
Marsanne - 750ML
  • WA 99
  • IWC 94
  • WS 93
  • JR 93
  • NM 92

Reg: $219.94

$189.94

This product is
out of stock

Reg: $219.94

$189.94

This product is
out of stock

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WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2015
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... 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 sautéed 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. - Jeb Dunnuck
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, February 2009
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... 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.
WS 93
Wine Spectator, May 2010
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. Drink... 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. Drink now through 2016. – JM
JR 93
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, December 2008
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... 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. 18/20
NM 92
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, November 2008
(NM90-92 points) A slightly deeper colour than the de L-Oree but the nose lacks the same degree of delineation. Scents of acacia, honeysuckle and a touch of dried orange peel. The palate is more neutral than the de... (NM90-92 points) A slightly deeper colour than the de L-Oree but the nose lacks the same degree of delineation. Scents of acacia, honeysuckle and a touch of dried orange peel. The palate is more neutral than the de L-Oree, more viscous and honeyed with a stoic, dry finish. Very backward and giving little away at the moment.
Color & Type White
Varietal Marsanne
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2007

Label

Chapoutier’s much lauded le Meal Blanc is made from Marsanne. The vines, which are more than 50 years old, give low production and high quality, sourced from the Meal hillside, an old fluvioglacial alluvial deposit soil with shingles which contribute to soil warming. The fruit is hand-harvested generally at very good maturity.

The wine has a brilliant, golden yellow color. It is intense on the nose, very mineral, with celery overtones and a slight and well-integrated hint of wood. There is ample attack on the palate, a well-rounded, fine exotic freshness, and roasted almond flavor. Depending on the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years or from 50 to 75 years.

Winery

Chapoutier

Chapoutier is one of the oldest wine producers in the Rhone Valley with a history dating back to 1808. A distant ancestor, Polydor Chapoutier, was the first to buy vines here, shifting from being a simple grape grower to making and trading his own wine. For the last two hundred years, the estate has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley. Today, the range also includes wines from some Roussillon appellations as well as projects in Portugal and Australia.

Under Michel Chapoutier’s leadership, quality improved and Chapoutier gained international recognition. The massive negociant and winery produces single-vineyard expressions and classic wines from a range of appellations in the north and south of the valley.

They have adopted biodynamic farming techniques and have included Braille markings on their labels since 1996. This was done from a desire to reach out to and include lovers of good wines with sight-impairments, and as a tribute to Maurice Monier of La Sizeranne, a member of the family that previously owned the vines of the same name and who invented the first abbreviated version of Braille.