2015 Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal
Syrah - 750ML
  • JD 100
  • WA 99
  • WS 98
  • JS 96
  • VN 95

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Reg: $325.00

$294.94

In Stock: 0 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 9 btls
ETA: Nov. 2019

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JD 100
jebdunnuck.com, January 2018
A perfect wine, the 2015 Ermitage Le Méal offers straight-up otherworldly notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, licorice, scorched earth and flowers. With a huge, unctuous profile on the palate, a stacked... A perfect wine, the 2015 Ermitage Le Méal offers straight-up otherworldly notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, licorice, scorched earth and flowers. With a huge, unctuous profile on the palate, a stacked mid-palate, sweet, sweet tannin and awesome purity, it's as good as it gets. This cuvée is always one of the more forward, sexy wines in the lineup, but it still needs 4-6 years of bottle age and will keep for 2-3 decades.
WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2017
99+ When in the course of a tasting session one is confronted by a wine that stands above the others, I find it impossible to give more than a single perfect score. So the 2015 Ermitage le Meal gets a "consolation... 99+ When in the course of a tasting session one is confronted by a wine that stands above the others, I find it impossible to give more than a single perfect score. So the 2015 Ermitage le Meal gets a "consolation prize" 99+ rating. Full-bodied and intense, loaded with blackberry fruit that pushes the limits of ripeness and richness, this incredible wine retains such fine details as hints of crushed stone, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Unless it shuts down, it should be drinkable by 2025 and give pleasure for many years to come. - Joe Czerwinski
WS 98
Wine Spectator, May 2018
This sports a rich, juicy core of dark plum, blackberry and black currant compote flavors, studded liberally with licorice root, warm ganache and tobacco notes. Richly layered on the finish, with a piercing iron... This sports a rich, juicy core of dark plum, blackberry and black currant compote flavors, studded liberally with licorice root, warm ganache and tobacco notes. Richly layered on the finish, with a piercing iron accent at the very end pulling all the elements together. This has depth to burn in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2040. From France. — J.M.
JS 96
jamessuckling.com, August 2018
This is dressed to impress with fresh oak framing up fragrant, ripe and slightly tarry black-fruit and cassis aromas. Pepper and graphite, too. The palate is superbly weighted, showing a classic interplay of elegance and... This is dressed to impress with fresh oak framing up fragrant, ripe and slightly tarry black-fruit and cassis aromas. Pepper and graphite, too. The palate is superbly weighted, showing a classic interplay of elegance and power. Deeply succulent blackberries and black cherries snap fresh into the finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink in 2021. - Nick Stock
VN 95
Vinous, April 2018
Dark purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes mineral-accented black and blue fruit preserves and incense, and a sexy floral element gains strength with air. Fleshy, seamless and sweet, offering densely packed... Dark purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes mineral-accented black and blue fruit preserves and incense, and a sexy floral element gains strength with air. Fleshy, seamless and sweet, offering densely packed blueberry, cherry liqueur, spicecake and floral pastille flavors enlivened by a spine of juicy acidity. The floral note repeats emphatically on the impressively long, youthfully tannic finish, which leaves behind smoky mineral and blue fruit notes. -- Josh Raynolds
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2015
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

Label

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.