2011 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In the same league and from one of the warmest terroirs on Hermitage hill, the 2011 Ermitage Le Meal Blanc is a massive effort that has overflowing amounts of tropical fruits, white flowers, creme brulee, buttered peaches, licorice and striking, liquid rock-like minerality. Full-bodied, voluptuous and awesome any way you look at it, it too can be enjoyed any time over the coming 3-4 decades. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid gold. Heady orchard and pit fruit aromas are complicated by anise, buttered toast and iodine, with a sexy floral nuance emerging with aeration. Fleshy and deeply pitched, offering wonderfully concentrated pear, nectarine and melon flavors and a zesty jolt of orange pith on the back half. Closes with superb energy and a very persistent honeydew note. I'd love to try this superb wine alongside some heavy-hitters from the Cote d'Or.
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.