2016 Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal
Syrah - 750ML
  • DC 99
  • WA 97
  • JD 97
  • JS 97
  • VN 96

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Reg: $234.94

$184.94

In Stock: 2 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 0 btls
ETA: Pending

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DC 99
Decanter, October 2017
From a very steep southern exposure, aged in 25% new oak for 18 months. This wine is relatively dark, brooding and intense in terms of aromatics, and very full-bodied and broad on the palate, with a creamy texture... From a very steep southern exposure, aged in 25% new oak for 18 months. This wine is relatively dark, brooding and intense in terms of aromatics, and very full-bodied and broad on the palate, with a creamy texture. Searingly powerful acidity balances the huge, monolithic style this year, accompanied by wonderful serrated tannins and an intense mineral grind. A screaming pope of a wine. Read more at https://www.decanter.com/wine-reviews/france/rhone/m-chapoutier-le-meal-hermitage-rhone-france-2016-15708#CpTVVxLsLa6l5TV1.99
WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, November 2018
Attractively bright and fresh on the nose, the 2016 Ermitage le Meal is full-bodied yet creamy and supple in feel. Because of its greater level of ripeness, Chapoutier explains that it's aged in 50% demi-muids to lessen... Attractively bright and fresh on the nose, the 2016 Ermitage le Meal is full-bodied yet creamy and supple in feel. Because of its greater level of ripeness, Chapoutier explains that it's aged in 50% demi-muids to lessen the oak influence, and indeed the wine isn't cedary at all. Espresso and mocha shadings give a savory cast to the bold blackberry fruit, while the texture turns to pure velvet on the long finish. - Joe Czerwinski
JD 97
jebdunnuck.com, December 2018
More ripe and flamboyant, the 2016 Ermitage Le Méal has a beautifully rounded, voluptuous yet pure style that's very much in the vintage. Black raspberries, spice, dried flowers, and a touch of minerality all emerge from... More ripe and flamboyant, the 2016 Ermitage Le Méal has a beautifully rounded, voluptuous yet pure style that's very much in the vintage. Black raspberries, spice, dried flowers, and a touch of minerality all emerge from this incredibly sexy, seamless beauty that has enough tannins and depth to keep for 2-3 decades. It's an opulent, hedonistic dream of a wine to enjoy over the coming 2-3 decades.
JS 97
jamessuckling.com, August 2018
(JS 96-97 points) A sexy array of savory, spice and meaty aromas, played into ripe, black cherries, dark plums and blackberries. Smooth, sleek and discreetly powerful palate with a juicy core of dark-berry and... (JS 96-97 points) A sexy array of savory, spice and meaty aromas, played into ripe, black cherries, dark plums and blackberries. Smooth, sleek and discreetly powerful palate with a juicy core of dark-berry and black-olive flavors. Superb shape and length. From organically grown grapes. Barrel sample. - Nick Stock
VN 96
Vinous, September 2019
Vivid purple. Assertive, mineral-accented aromas of fresh black raspberry, cherry and violet; a powerful suggestion of exotic spices emerges with air. Juicy, energetic and appealingly sweet, offering palate-staining black... Vivid purple. Assertive, mineral-accented aromas of fresh black raspberry, cherry and violet; a powerful suggestion of exotic spices emerges with air. Juicy, energetic and appealingly sweet, offering palate-staining black and blue fruit preserve, spicecake, smoky bacon and floral pastille flavors that steadily deepen as the wine opens up. The floral and mineral notes repeat emphatically on an impressively long, energetic finish that features well-knit tannins and lingering blue fruit character. -- Josh Raynolds
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2016
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Crown Seal

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.