2009 Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal
Syrah - 750ML
  • WA 100
  • WS 97

Reg: $299.94

$239.94

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Reg: $299.94

$239.94

This product is
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WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2015
Even inkier in color than the 2010, the 2009 Ermitage le Meal is as good as Hermitage gets. Locked and loaded with phenomenal notes of jammy black raspberries, creme de cassis, crushed violets, smoked earth and spice... Even inkier in color than the 2010, the 2009 Ermitage le Meal is as good as Hermitage gets. Locked and loaded with phenomenal notes of jammy black raspberries, creme de cassis, crushed violets, smoked earth and spice, it's thick and unctuous on the palate, with incredible density, a huge mid-palate and a layered, multi-dimensional, seamless, elegant texture that just keeps you coming back and begging for another sip. More hedonistic and voluptuous than the 2010, it should still evolve for just as long, yet have even a broader drink window. - Jeb Dunnuck
WS 97
Wine Spectator, September 2012
This almost gushes with ripe plum cassis blackberry and black currant fruit but stays harnessed with spice-tinged grip a tarry spine and a piercing cassis bush- and iron-inflected finish that will need cellaring to unfurl... This almost gushes with ripe plum cassis blackberry and black currant fruit but stays harnessed with spice-tinged grip a tarry spine and a piercing cassis bush- and iron-inflected finish that will need cellaring to unfurl fully. Best from 2016 through 2030. -J.M.
JJB 98
JJ Buckley, March 2011
100% syrah from 50 year old vines. Once again there is a great purity of fruit expression as the flavors of balck fruits shine clear and bright. There is richness and power here but everything is held in check thanks to... 100% syrah from 50 year old vines. Once again there is a great purity of fruit expression as the flavors of balck fruits shine clear and bright. There is richness and power here but everything is held in check thanks to perfectly integrated acids and a combination of finely sculpted tannins and granitic minerality on the finish. This will be best when the fruits are revealed in 6-8 years. Tasted as a barrel sample three months before release.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2009

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Ermitage wines possess a rich historical past. They were appreciated as early on as Roman times when they were enjoyed (as well as Cote Rotie wines) under the name of "Vienne wines" and were later to be called "Saint Christopher's hillside wines" because of a chapel there bearing the saint's name. They were also to be known of as “Tournon wines".

The name of Ermitage probably first appeared in the 17th Century in memory of Henry Gaspard, a knight from Sterimberg who, having come back from the Crusades (in the 13th Century) and tired of waging war, lived as a hermit on a hillside which had been given to him by Anne of Castille, Queen of Spain. There he planted a vineyard.

Chapoutier’s Ermitage le Meal, 100% Syrah, is produced with grapes coming from the Meal hillside. This slope is composed of high terraces of shingles and clay. The vines are about 50 years old.

The color is deep garnet red with purple lights during its youth. The wine has ripe fruits and smoky aromas, powerful tannins, and taste of velvety, blackberry jam. 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.