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 2001 White"
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - (92-95) /100
"The 2001 Ermitage Le Meal is more delineated, smoky, and citrusy, with less fat and unctuosity than the 2000. Nevertheless, it is a big, thickly-textured effort with huge notes of ripe honeysuckle, pear, and peach. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020."
Vinous - 90+/100
"Deeper peach skin color. Very ripe aromas of vineyard peach, honey and smoke. Fat and thick but enlivened by bright acidity. Like a confiture of orchard fruits, with a chewy, saline quality. A warmer, more massive Hermitage blanc, in need of bottle aging."
Jancis Robinson - 17,5/20
"Creamy, oatmeal nose with a lovely delicate floral note. Dense, rich, full and grainy, and even more mealy on the palate. Moderate freshness, as you’d expect from this variety, but not overripe or fat. Lots of pleasure."
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
intense, very mineral, celery overtones, slight and well-integrated hint of wood.
ample attack, well-rounded, fine exotic freshness, roasted almond. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years, indeed from 50 to 75 years.
Sommelier's advice: Foie gras Crayfish,lobster Fish, poultry in sauces White meats Goat's cheese,blue cheese Spicy dishes and curry
Marsanne. The vines (more than 50 years old) give low production and guarantee high quality.
The grapes are hand-harvested generally at very good maturity (the potential alcohol content is above 14% vol.).
The grapes producing “Le Méal” come from the Méal hillside. This is an old fluvioglacial alluvial deposit soil with shingles which contribute to the soil warming.
After pressing the entire grapes, the must is cold settling between 24 and 48 hours. About 50% of the volume is vinified in big new wooden barrels (600 liters), the others ferment in vats.
Before bottling, the wine is aged in casks, with stirrings of the lees, and is checked by frequent tastings. This is organoleptic criteria which determine the length of the wooded period. In general, bottling happens from 10 to 12 months after harvesting.