2008 Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal Blanc
Marsanne - 750ML
  • WA 95
  • NM 94
  • WS 94
  • IWC 91
  • JR 91

Reg: $179.94

$139.94

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Reg: $179.94

$139.94

This product is
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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2015
One of the coolest vintages in the decade, the 2008 Ermitage le Meal Blanc is a serious, full-bodied, ripe and textured beauty that has lively acidity in its honeyed fruits, buttered-citrus and caramel aromas and flavors... One of the coolest vintages in the decade, the 2008 Ermitage le Meal Blanc is a serious, full-bodied, ripe and textured beauty that has lively acidity in its honeyed fruits, buttered-citrus and caramel aromas and flavors. Defying the vintage stereotype and possessing ample ripeness and depth, it won't be as long-lived as some of the bigger, richer vintages, but will still drink beautifully for another 15-20 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, November 2009
(NM92-94 points) This is simpler on the nose than the de l’Oree Blanc with subtle touches of pineapple, honey, lemon zest and yellow flowers. There is a bitter, almond entry; sharp acidity, oxidative in the middle with a... (NM92-94 points) This is simpler on the nose than the de l’Oree Blanc with subtle touches of pineapple, honey, lemon zest and yellow flowers. There is a bitter, almond entry; sharp acidity, oxidative in the middle with a waxy, lanolin-tinged finish. Good depth of flavour and that nose gains in complexity with aeration. This has style and class.
WS 94
Wine Spectator, November 2010
Gorgeous Jonagold apple and Cavaillon melon aromas and flavors form the core of this wine, while quinine, candied lemon peel, cherry blossom, quince and green fig notes all fill in the background and drive through the... Gorgeous Jonagold apple and Cavaillon melon aromas and flavors form the core of this wine, while quinine, candied lemon peel, cherry blossom, quince and green fig notes all fill in the background and drive through the well-detailed finish. Best from 2011 through 2018. 60 cases imported. –JM
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2011
Bright gold. A complex bouquet offers pineapple, white peach and magnolia, with hints of vanilla and brown sugar in the background. Fleshy pit and tropical fruit flavors provide very good palate coverage and pick up... Bright gold. A complex bouquet offers pineapple, white peach and magnolia, with hints of vanilla and brown sugar in the background. Fleshy pit and tropical fruit flavors provide very good palate coverage and pick up smokiness and spiciness with air. The finish exhibits excellent persistence along with a refreshingly bitter note of pear skin. - Josh Raynolds
JR 91
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, June 2009
Very opulent, honeyed, broad and easy. Chewy finish. Needs lots of time. Very long. 17.5/20
Color & Type White
Varietal Marsanne
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2008

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.