m. chapoutier, hermitage, le meal blanc 2017
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
98
JEB DUNNUCK
96

2017 m. chapoutier, hermitage, le meal blanc

Why We're Buying

Few winemakers have produced wine at the level of M. Chapoutier for as long as M. Chapoutier. The estate’s Hermitage Le Meal Blanc is the golden standard for white wine, with its combination of orange marmalade, spice, honey, and melon flavors, plus a 20+ year aging potential. M. Chapoutier Hermitage Le Meal Blanc has earned three 100-point ratings from wine critic Robert Parker, one more than its companion wine, Le Meal Rouge.

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2017 Ermitage le Meal Blanc starts with refined notes of crushed stone and pencil shavings that move into a whirlwind of lush fruit, ranging from pineapple through melon and pear. It's rich, almost custardy in texture, yet it's backed by mineral notes of crushed stone and delivers awesome freshness on the long finish. It's an exhilarating ride.

JEB DUNNUCK
96

Jeb Dunnuck

As with all the whites from Chapoutier today, the 2017 Ermitage Le Méal Blanc has a kiss of reduction in its rich, full-bodied, powerful style, which gives the wine a more focused, backward style than normal. A huge nose of celery seed, caramelized citrus, honeysuckle, and turmeric as well as plenty of minerality all emerge from the glass, and this beauty gains depth and richness with time. Hide bottles for 3-4 years and it should keep nicely for two decades or more.

JAMES SUCKLING
95

James Suckling

A beautifully rich and complex nose with lemons and limes, white and yellow peaches and a surge of spicy oak, roasted almonds and a flicker of reductive flint. The palate has seamless build and rich, deep-set, ripe-fruit flesh. Smooth, buttery and freshly cut at the finish.