2007 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)
92-94 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Ermitage Le Meal offers up notes of red and black fruits, graphite, licorice, and truffles in its full-bodied, dense, more monolithic style. This powerful, rich 2007 should drink well for 20-25 years." (04/09) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and polished for the vintage, with sleek raspberry and black currant fruit supported by cocoa powder and graphite notes. Shows lingering charcoal and herb hints on the finish. Drink now through 2013." (WS Insider 1/27/10) 91(+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby. Pungent aromas of dark berries, licorice, cured meat and smoky minerals, along with brooding notes of tobacco, olive and espresso. Extremely young and ungiving today, opening very slowly to offer weighty dark fruit compote flavors and a musky licorice root note. The most unyielding of this set, with strong finishing grip and lingering smokiness. This doesn't just need time, it demands it." (Jan/Feb 2010).