m. chapoutier, hermitage, le meal rouge 2018
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2018 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

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From one of the warmer terroirs on Hermitage Hill, the 2018 Ermitage Le Méal was all destemmed and vinified in concrete, followed by 18 months in 20% new demi-muids and barrels. It's unquestionably the ripest, most opulent of the single vineyard Hermitage and sports a dense purple/plum color as well as powerful notes of black raspberries, currants, camphor, cured meats, acacia flowers, and violets. Rich, concentrated, and full-bodied, it builds beautifully on the palate, has a ripe, expansive texture, sweet tannins, and a rocking finish. This is one sexy, pleasure-bent Hermitage that can be enjoyed any time over the coming 30 years or more.

BURGHOUND
99

Burghound

From one of the warmer terroirs on Hermitage Hill, the 2018 Ermitage Le Méal was all destemmed and vinified in concrete, followed by 18 months in 20% new demi-muids and barrels. It's unquestionably the ripest, most opulent of the single vineyard Hermitage and sports a dense purple/plum color as well as powerful notes of black raspberries, currants, camphor, cured meats, acacia flowers, and violets. Rich, concentrated, and full-bodied, it builds beautifully on the palate, has a ripe, expansive texture, sweet tannins, and a rocking finish. This is one sexy, pleasure-bent Hermitage that can be enjoyed any time over the coming 30 years or more.