2018 Ferraton Père et Fils "Le Méal" Ermitage

SKU #1531777 96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Powerful blueberry and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by suggestions of candied flowers, vanilla and incense and a hint of licorice appears in the background. Stains the palate with alluringly sweet black/blue fruit preserve, spicecake, salty olive and violet pastille flavors that are underscored by a vein of smoky minerality. Blends richness and energy with a sure hand and finishes extremely long and precise, with steadily building tannins adding shape and final grip. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Matured in oak barrels (30%-50% new) for up to 18 months, this rich, brooding wine throbs with flavors of baked plums and cassis preserves. The ripe, creamy Syrah is structured by flashes of redcurrant acidity and furry, mouthfilling tannins. While its fruit profile is perfumed and forward, the wine needs time to reveal itself fully. Hold till 2025 at least. It should improve well through 2050. (AI) *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (2/2022)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The tiny production 2018 Hermitage Le Méal comes from one of the warmer terroirs on Hermitage Hill and will spend 14 to 18 months in 50% new French oak. Full-bodied, powerful, and structured as all hell, it has loads of currants and black cherry fruits, tons of spice, dried earth, and mineral aromatics, building tannins, and a big finish. It's certainly the most tannic and backward of the three Hermitage and is going to need upwards of a decade of cellaring. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Now showing more structure than Ferraton's Les Dionnières offering, the 2018 Ermitage Le Méal is dominated by purple raspberries, crushed stone and dried spices. There's a delightful three-way tension among fruit, acid and tannin in this full-bodied wine, giving it a sense of freshness and energy. The tannins are prominent but ripe and velvety in feel, imparting a sense of lushness on the long, fruit-tinged finish. It should be ready to drink within another year or two and then drink well for at least a decade. (JC) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Juicy bramble fruit, leathery palate, long and stately on the finish, with semi-firm tannins and powerful, compact fruit that will become much more interesting with time. 17/20 points (RH) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

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