M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2005
Wine SpectatorSuperdense, with lots of bass showing now--anise, fennel seed, cardamom, glazed pear and fig--but there's still plenty of minerality behind it all, with a long, salted butter finish that just won't quit. Best from 2010 through 2025.
Wine AdvocateThe warmest terroir for the white Ermitage cuvees is Le Meal, an upper mid-slope terroir with a great exposition.The most flamboyant of these wines, the 2005 Ermitage Le Meal blanc, exhibits notes of buttered citrus, copious tropical fruit, crushed rocks, white currants, and an amazing amount of honeysuckle allied with good acidity and enormous body.
International Wine CellarMedium gold. Very ripe, dense aromas of honeyed apricot and peach, deepened by smoked meat, white chocolate and beeswax. Powerful, almost brooding, with deep, superripe, smoky flavors of fig, apricot and quince paste. Oily in texture, with serious weight and depth, this will need to be served with the richest, most decadent dishes.