100 Pts Parker
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - 100/100 Always the earliest-ripening portion of the Chapoutier holdings on the Hermitage hill, the 2017 Ermitage le Méal is a complete standout. Crème de framboise notes remain fresh and lively throughout, joined by hints of blueberry, baking spices and vanilla, while the tannins are silky, the mouthfeel generous and the overall impression is one of great seductiveness and elegance.
Harvest: Hand harvesting at maturity.
Soil: The wine is only produced with grapes coming from the Méal hillside. This slope is composed of high terraces of shingles and clay. The vines are about 50 years old.
Vinification: The harvest, totally destemmed, is vinified in a small cement vat. High temperature maceration enables a good extraction of grape potential, to obtain soft and stable tannins, compulsory to keep the wine for a very long time. Only the free-run juice is used in this single vineyard.
Ageing: Wine is matured in new or one year old cask. Maturing lasts between 14 and 18 months. The clarification is natural.
Grape variety: 100 % Syrah.
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Appearance: deep garnet red with purple lights during its youth
Nose: ripe fruits and smoky aromas
Palate: powerful tannins, velvety, blackberry jam. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years, indeed from 50 to 75 years.
Sommelier's advice: Beef, game, all cheeses