2011 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The more flamboyant, California-styled 2011 Ermitage Le Meal Blanc is from a warmer site with a more southerly exposure. It offers up notes of wet rocks, tangerines, peaches and a striking scent reminiscent of the famous New Orleans dish, bananas Foster. I know that sounds weird, but that’s what it smelled like when I first put my nose in the glass. This exuberant, exotic, ostentatious white Hermitage may be controversial, but for me, it was over-the-top perfection.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright gold. Mineral-accented peach, pear and Meyer lemon aromas are deepened by notes of toasty lees and vanilla. Juicy citrus, quince and peach pit flavors give way to riper melon with air but show excellent nerve. Really clings to the palate, finishing broad, bright and impressively long. Rich and energetic.
Smoky, reductive nose. With the breadth of a white Rhône as well. Very perfumed and seductive with just a bit of chew on the end. Doesn't seem super concentrated. More friendly and accommodating. Blossomy. 17.5/20 points.