2016 Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal
Syrah - 750ML
2016 Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal
  • DC 99
  • WA 97
  • JD 97
  • JS 97
  • VN 96
  • WE 94

Reg: $234.94

$184.94

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Reg: $234.94

$184.94

This product is
out of stock

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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  
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast, July 2020
Riper and darker in fruit than the producer's other Hermitage bottlings, Le Meal offers intense blackberry and plum notes baked by the sun and accented by layers of anise, black pepper and allspice. It's a richer, more...   Riper and darker in fruit than the producer's other Hermitage bottlings, Le Meal offers intense blackberry and plum notes baked by the sun and accented by layers of anise, black pepper and allspice. It's a richer, more opulent style of Hermitage but maintains an undertow of granite and fine, firm tannins. The wine is peak now through 2035. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA  
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML