2018 Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal
Syrah - 750ML
2018 Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal
  • JD 99
  • WA 98
  • VN 98
  • WS 96

Reg: $395.00

$325.00

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ETA: Jun. 2022

Reg: $395.00

$325.00

In Stock: 0 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 24 btls
ETA: Jun. 2022

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JD 99
jebdunnuck.com, February 2020
From one of the warmer terroirs on Hermitage Hill, the 2018 Ermitage Le Méal was all destemmed and vinified in concrete, followed by 18 months in 20% new demi-muids and barrels. It's unquestionably the ripest, most...   From one of the warmer terroirs on Hermitage Hill, the 2018 Ermitage Le Méal was all destemmed and vinified in concrete, followed by 18 months in 20% new demi-muids and barrels. It's unquestionably the ripest, most opulent of the single vineyard Hermitage and sports a dense purple/plum color as well as powerful notes of black raspberries, currants, camphor, cured meats, acacia flowers, and violets. Rich, concentrated, and full-bodied, it builds beautifully on the palate, has a ripe, expansive texture, sweet tannins, and a rocking finish. This is one sexy, pleasure-bent Hermitage that can be enjoyed any time over the coming 30 years or more.  
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2019
(96 - 98) The 2018 Ermitage le Méal is denser than the les Greffieux, boasting layers of blackberry fruit. It's full-bodied, rich, concentrated and tannic, with a long chewy finish that hints at mocha and espresso.- JC
VN 98
Vinous, May 2020
(96-98 points) Expansive aromas of ripe red and blue fruits, potpourri and smoky minerals acquire a spicy nuance as the wine opens up. Broad and seamless on the palate, displaying fine delineation to the lively...   (96-98 points) Expansive aromas of ripe red and blue fruits, potpourri and smoky minerals acquire a spicy nuance as the wine opens up. Broad and seamless on the palate, displaying fine delineation to the lively, mineral-drenched black raspberry, boysenberry, candied violet and spicecake flavors. Shows a distinctly suave character and finishes extremely long and appealingly sweet, with well-knit tannins framing lingering blue fruit and floral notes. -- Josh Raynolds  
WS 96
Wine Spectator, August 2021
Very focused, with a beam of racy-edged cassis, loganberry and black cherry fruit paste flavors driving through, laced with red tea, anise and floral hints. Ends with a long, very fine-grained finish. Best from 2023...   Very focused, with a beam of racy-edged cassis, loganberry and black cherry fruit paste flavors driving through, laced with red tea, anise and floral hints. Ends with a long, very fine-grained finish. Best from 2023 through 2038. 15 cases imported. — JM  
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML

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.