Ermitage Blanc Le Méal, M Chapoutier, Hermitage, Northern Rhone, France, 2015
2ha vineyard, hand-picked 100% organic Marsanne produced using biodynamic principles. Aged 10-12 months in oak with lees stirring. 50% fermented in large oak, 50% in vat.
Grapes producing “Le Méal” come from the Méal hillside. This is an old fluvioglacial alluvial deposit soil with large pebbles which contribute to the soil warming. The vines (more than 50 years old) produce very low yields and guarantee high quality. On the palate, this wine is ample and round, with a fine exotic freshness and hints of roasted almonds.
"Another perfect wine is the 2015 Ermitage le Meal Blanc. The most decadent, unctuous and layered in the lineup, with to-die-for notes of white currants, toasted nuts, celery seed and licorice, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a huge mid-palate and a refreshing, pure, yet blockbuster finish that just won’t quit. If I had to pick a desert island white, this might be it." 100/100 Jeb Dunnuck robertparker.com
Drink with foie gras, crayfish, lobster, white meats, goats' cheese and blue cheese.
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