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2018 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1456564 99 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark From one of the warmer terroirs on Hermitage Hill, the 2018 Ermitage Le Méal was all destemmed and vinified in concrete, followed by 18 months in 20% new demi-muids and barrels. It's unquestionably the ripest, most opulent of the single vineyard Hermitage and sports a dense purple/plum color as well as powerful notes of black raspberries, currants, camphor, cured meats, acacia flowers, and violets. Rich, concentrated, and full-bodied, it builds beautifully on the palate, has a ripe, expansive texture, sweet tannins, and a rocking finish. This is one sexy, pleasure-bent Hermitage that can be enjoyed any time over the coming 30 years or more. Inner quote mark (11/2020)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Ermitage le Méal is denser than the les Greffieux, boasting layers of blackberry fruit. It's full-bodied, rich, concentrated and tannic, with a long chewy finish that hints at mocha and espresso. (JC) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

96-98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Expansive aromas of ripe red and blue fruits, potpourri and smoky minerals acquire a spicy nuance as the wine opens up. Broad and seamless on the palate, displaying fine delineation to the lively, mineral-drenched black raspberry, boysenberry, candied violet and spicecake flavors. Shows a distinctly suave character and finishes extremely long and appealingly sweet, with well-knit tannins framing lingering blue fruit and floral notes. (JR) Inner quote mark (5/2020)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Very focused, with a beam of racy-edged cassis, loganberry and black cherry fruit paste flavors driving through, laced with red tea, anise and floral hints. Ends with a long, very fine-grained finish. (JM) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Darker, more restrained fruit than their Greffieux. Lovely peppery perfume. Fairly delicate for the origin, with rounded tannic structure and mouth-watering acidity making this go down all too easily! Charred meat to finish. 17.5/20 points (RH) Inner quote mark (6/2019)


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