2009 Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal Blanc
Marsanne - 750ML
  • WA 99
  • WS 98
  • IWC 95

Reg: $206.78

$189.99

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Reg: $206.78

$189.99

This product is
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WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2015
From a warm site and a hot vintage, the 2009 Ermitage le Meal Blanc was harvested on the August 28, and aged in 100% new French oak. Flirting with perfection and a full-bore, exotic, almost over-the-top expression of... From a warm site and a hot vintage, the 2009 Ermitage le Meal Blanc was harvested on the August 28, and aged in 100% new French oak. Flirting with perfection and a full-bore, exotic, almost over-the-top expression of Marsanne, it has less minerality than the 2010, yet more of everything else with boatloads of caramelized fruits, buttered citrus, white flowers, honey and crushed rocks all soaring from the glass. Rich, layered, exuberant, unctuous and exotic, with stunning freshness despite it's thickness and weight, drink this incredible white anytime over the coming 30-40 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
WS 98
Wine Spectator, April 2012
An intense and gorgeous wine with a rich yet remarkably racy core of starfruit fennel anise white peach and chamomile that courses along followed by a gorgeous finish of salted butter and blanched almond. There's lots of... An intense and gorgeous wine with a rich yet remarkably racy core of starfruit fennel anise white peach and chamomile that courses along followed by a gorgeous finish of salted butter and blanched almond. There's lots of flesh but also invigorating almost crunchy acidity buried deeply. Drink now through 2027. From France. -J.M.
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, February 2011
Bright gold. Exotic aromas of papaya apricot and melon with pungent floral and spice qualities. Deeply fruity and round offering citrus-accented pit and tropical fruit flavors and a strong spicy quality on the back end... Bright gold. Exotic aromas of papaya apricot and melon with pungent floral and spice qualities. Deeply fruity and round offering citrus-accented pit and tropical fruit flavors and a strong spicy quality on the back end. Finishes smooth with lingering suggestions of turmeric and saffron. -Josh Raynolds
JJB 96
JJ Buckley, March 2011
100% marsanne from 50 year old vines. Yellow gold color. The bouquet here is a touch reserved at this stage with interesting hints of ginger nutmeg and fresh seedless grapes wafting about. Very lively on the palate with... 100% marsanne from 50 year old vines. Yellow gold color. The bouquet here is a touch reserved at this stage with interesting hints of ginger nutmeg and fresh seedless grapes wafting about. Very lively on the palate with some pronounced minerality on the backpalate hints of ripe lemon infused fruit also reveal notes of sponge cake and confectionary sugar. The finish is dry and has good length of flavor. Tasted as a barrel sample three months before release.
Color & Type White
Varietal Marsanne
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2009

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.