M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2005

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SKU 01038


The Chapoutier family has been in the Rhône Valley since 1808, and growing vines for wine production since 1879. Today, the company's biodynamic approach to grape growing and winemaking ensures their philosophy of 'Letting the soil speak, and expressing the terroir and its vintage'.
Category White Wine
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Brand M. Chapoutier
Alcohol/vol 15%
  • ws97

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.

James Molesworth, June 15, 2008
  • wa96

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.

Robert Parker, February 2008
  • st91-94

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.