Wines said to come from « organically grown grapes» can use the French « AB » (organic farming) logo. This means that we comply with “Organic Farming” specifications and that we do not use any chemical fertilizers, or chemical weed killers, or pesticides, or chemical fungicides. The French « AB » logo comes from the French Agricultural Ministry.
ECOCERT is an organic inspection and a certification organism founded in 1991 by agronomists for sustainable development, which aims to offer recognition to those who engage in this type of production. The ECOCERT’s principal activity consists in an inspection, in the field, of the respects of a standard’s demands (regulation, standard or specification). Then, ECOCERT issues a document which certifies the compliance of the products, systems or services with the standard. ECOCERT principally certifies food and food products but also certifies cosmetics, detergents, perfumes and textiles.
The ladybug (or ladybird), organic viticulture’s precious little helper, is the symbol used on all our wines produced from organically grown grapes. If you want to know which of our wines are “organic”, look for the white logo showing a little ladybug on a leaf.
Ratings "Le Méal 2000 Red"
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - 95/100
"The 2000 Ermitage Le Meal is better out of bottle than it was from cask. An opaque purple color is followed by a sumptuous nose of blackberry liqueur intermixed with ink, melted asphalt, camphor, and new saddle leather. Big, rich, broad, and expansive with a gorgeous texture as well as a 60-second finish, it is a full-bodied, opulent, surprisingly approachable offering. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025."
Vinous - 92/100
"Saturated ruby-red. Very expressive, inviting aromas of plum, coffee, smoked meat, animal fur and caramel. Dense, seamless and concentrated; very suave Hermitage, with ripe acids contributing to the impression of balance. The substantial but smooth tannins arrive quite late and spread out on the palate, giving the plum and currant fruit flavors a chance to blossom. Much more open than the 2001: this can be enjoyed now or cellared."
Jancis Robinson - 18,5/20
"Notably dark crimson. Autumnal, almost compost notes. Not as concentrated as the Pavillon even though it is 14.5% rather than Pavillon’s 14% alcohol but very racy and captivating. Very long and powerful with more obvious acidity. Real life to this wine. "
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
deep garnet red with purple lights during its youth.
ripe fruits and smoky aromas.
powerful tannins, velvety, blackberry jam. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years, indeed from 50 to 75 years.
Sommelier's advice: Beef, game All cheeses
Hand harvesting at maturity.
The wine is only produced with grapes coming from the Méal hillside. This slope is composed of high terraces of shingles and clay. The vines are about 50 years old.
The harvest, totally destemmed, is vinified in a small cement vat. High temperature maceration enables a good extraction of grape potential, to obtain soft and stable tannins, compulsory to keep the wine for a very long time. Only the free-run juice is used in this single vineyard.
Wine is matured in new or one year old cask. Maturing lasts between 14 and 18 months. The clarification is natural.