m. chapoutier, hermitage, le meal blanc 2017

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

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.

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