1997 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Rouge

SKU #160257 91-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1997 Hermitage Le Meal displays fat, plumpness, and richness, without losing the floral, minerality. It is a finesse-styled Hermitage, with concentrated black fruits, and a high-toned, structured, well-delineated personality. Because of low acidity and a plump, plush texture, this wine will be approachable at an early age. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2035.  (2/1999)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium red. Knockout aromas of black cherry, cassis, roasted Provençal herbs, minerals and smoked meat. Tightly wrapped and nicely delineated, with fresh acidity for the vintage. Subtle, classy and extremely youthful. Finishes with very fine tannins and superb persistence.  (2/2000)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A surprising Hermitage that grows on you. Light inc olor and aroma, mature, with delicate red berry, fresh mushroom and plum character. Has a soft texture, but underneath there is an interesting terroir-driven tannin structure. Complex flavors kick in unexpectedly on the finish.  (7/2000)

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- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.