2007 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1054278

98-100 points Robert Parker: "The fattest, most exuberant cuvee, with off the charts concentration and density (almost overbearing in its intensity, but the acids are there), is the 2007 Ermitage Le Meal blanc. An extraordinary expression of a single vineyard white Hermitage, this is an elixir with shocking levels of concentration. It goes almost beyond what dry wine is, and that's what makes it so special." (04/09) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale greenish gold. Orange, pear, hazelnut, sweet butter, truffle and minerals on the nose, with a slow-building floral quality; like a serious Chassagne-Montrachet. Palate-staining sweet citrus and orchard fruit flavors are underscored by smoky minerals and talc. The minerality seems to gain power on the finish, which is strikingly pure, focused and persistent. More energetic than the l'Oree, and in need of more patience." (Jan/Feb 2009) 93 points Wine Spectator: "A ripe, flattering style, with apricot, quince, grilled hazelnut and powerdered ginger notes that all weave through the mouthwatering, floral-tinged finish. Persistent and well-knit, with the apricot note lingering. Drink now through 2016." (Insider, 2/10)

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Other White Wines

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France

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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.