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. 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.
BIODYNAMICS WORKS FOR: feed the earth and men, respect the living, the rhythms and the terroir, strengthen soil life and plant health, create balanced farm property. Demeter is a reference to the Greek Goddess of grain and fertility. The Demeter certification program was established in 1928, and as such was the first ecological label for organically produced foods. Demeter products have a double certification: they are controlled and certified organic according to the European specifications and according to the Demeter specifications. Demeter biodynamic certification is used in over 50 countries, it guarantees the respect of the biodynamic principles on farm property and during the transformation of the products.
Ratings "Le Méal 2008 Red"
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - 92/100
"Notes of beef blood, smoked game, tapenade, creme de cassis, and charcoal jump from the glass of the dense opaque purple-colored 2008 Ermitage Le Meal 350 cases. This chewy, thick, unctuous effort is a revelation for this vintage. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years."
Vinous - 92/100
"Opaque ruby. Sexy, expansive aromas of raspberry and cherry pie, star anise and cola. Sweet and silky in texture, with palate-staining red fruit flavors and sweet oak spiciness. A floral quality comes up with aeration and lingers on the sappy, impressively long finish. Extremely seductive and approachable now, especially with a little time in a decanter."
Jancis Robinson - 18/20
"Lots of punch and smoothness - really polished and vital! Only on the very end do we get acidity and tannin. Very muscular. If anything, the white is heavier than the red! So supple it seems as though you could approach this quite young. Beautifully made. "
La Revue du Vin de France - 18/20
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.