m. chapoutier, hermitage, le meal rouge 2013
WINE SPECTATOR
96
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
97

2013 m. chapoutier, hermitage, le meal rouge

Why We're Buying

M. Chapoutier Hermitage Le Meal Rouge is an otherworldly cuvée from the Rhône Valley. The syrah is stacked with velvety tannins, an omnipresent palate, and a touch of sweetness. The red wine has earned two 100-point ratings from wine critic Robert Parker and one from Jeb Dunnuck, who called the 2015 vintage "a perfect wine."

Critics Scores

WINE SPECTATOR
96

Wine Spectator

Bristles with energy, as the core of loganberry, raspberry and boysenberry confiture is pushed by lively, brambly structure and enticing notes of anise, singed apple wood and pain d'épices. There's a lot going on here, so give this time to settle. Best from 2019 through 2030.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

A classic expression of the gorgeous, sunbaked vineyard, the 2013 Ermitage le Méal is as ripe, sexy and voluptuous as they come in the vintage. Black raspberries, jammy blackberries, licorice, toasted spice and crushed flowers are just some of the nuances in the bouquet. Full-bodied, mouth-filling with ripe tannin, plenty of mid-palate density (which can be lacking in some wines in the vintage) and with a great finish, it has the balance and texture to dish out pleasure today, but will have 25 or more years of overall longevity.