2022 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1709043 99 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Decidedly rich in style, the oak is quite marked, with roasted pineapple notes, lemon verbena and lemon thyme. Very full-bodied, this is massive, assertive and powerful, but with great freshness and energy. Flinty, smoky elements and a long, salty, mineral finish. One for the ages. Pure Marsanne, vines are over 50 years old, planted on pebbles, clay and some loess, facing south. Whole-bunch pressed, half fermented in demi-muids, half in vats. (MW) Inner quote mark (11/2023)

K&L Notes

John Livingstone Learmonth The Cradle of the Rhone: "full yellow robe, top transparency; the nose is smoky, on white tobacco, with low-key ginger, spearmint, hints of quince, has cards to play. The palate gives a stylish run of lightly floral, jasmin flower fruit, is an unusual Méal due to its restraint, is less on ripeness than in the past, has an almond tone on the finish, neat grip there. It’s a tiny bit tame for a Méal, but I am old school. The change of profile means it will evolve more gradually, so you can take time, for example from 2025-26, decant it. 2044-46." (10/2023)

Price: $199.99

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