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2019 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1509259 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The richest and most fruit loaded of the trio is the 2019 Ermitage Le Méal Blanc, which comes from a warmer terroir. This killer Hermitage Blanc has a vivid gold hue as well as a crazy good nose of quince, honeyed currants, acacia flowers, spice, and orange marmalade. It doesn't have the minerality of the L'Ermite (and to a lesser extent, the De l’Orée) yet has a more opulent, fat, unctuous style that's still flawlessly balanced and remarkably pure. This is another magical Hermitage from Chapoutier that does everything right. I followed this bottle for multiple days and it only improved with air. Inner quote mark (11/2020)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A rich and textural style with a gently smoky element running through it. Fresher than de l'Orée this year, but still massively rich and concentrated with a long finish. Touch of tomato leaf and tangy acidity - a lively style, like a fat man that can dance. 70% aged in demi-muid; 15% new oak, the rest is second- or third-use barrels. The remaining 30% is aged in stainless steel. (MW) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2019 Ermitage le Méal Blanc boasts remarkable complexity, ranging from hints of pencil shavings and crushed stones to a range of ripe, honeyed fruit (pear, melon, citrus) and then into slightly spicy-herbal, salty elements that bring celery seed and fennel to mind. It's medium to full-bodied, broad and mouth coating on the palate, yet retains a terrific sense of freshness that revolves around gentle citrus pith/zest and salted licorice on the lingering finish. At the time these wines were submitted, Michel Chapoutier had yet to bottle his 2018 reds, so the selection is limited to his outstanding collection of 2019 white wines. If you've got the resources, don't miss the 2019 L'Ermite Blanc, a stunning example of white Hermitage. (JC) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

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