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Ratings "Le Méal 2001 Red"
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - (92-95) /100
"The dense purple-colored 2001 Ermitage Le Meal reveals aromas of blackberry liqueur, smoke, licorice, and toasty oak. While rich, it is neither as expansive nor as broad compared to the 2000. The 2001 possesses good acidity and delineation in addition to a tight, pinched but impressive finish that lasts for 40-45 seconds. It is certainly an outstanding, even profound effort, but not as compelling as previous vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030."
Vinous - 93+/100
"Full ruby-red. Granitic aromas of gunflint, minerals and licorice. Lush, rich and seamless but very backward, with very dark flavors of blackberry, licorice and spice. Less obviously sweet than the extraordinary Pavillon bottling, but this, too, dusts the entire palate. A wine of great structure and power. Explosive, gripping finish."
Jancis Robinson - 17+
"Medium deep garnet. Sweet and perfumed deep black fruit - very attractive and inviting aromas. Very very firm thick tannins and a little drying on the finish. Difficult to know how the fruit-tannin interplay will develop. "
La Revue du Vin de France - 19/20
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.