Chapoutier Ermitage Le Méal Blanc 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Northern Rhône
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‘I was blown away by the 2020 Ermitage Le Méal Blanc, which is certainly the finest vintage of this cuvée I’ve tasted. From the pure south-facing Méal lieu-dit (which is the warmest terroir on Hermitage), it was vinified and aged 70% demi-muids (10% new) and 30% in stainless steel. Straight-up heavenly notes of white currants, powdered rock, celery seed, honeysuckle, and toasted almonds all define the bouquet, and it’s full-bodied and concentrated on the palate, with that rare mix of richness and freshness. Hermitage Blanc doesn’t get any better. I love this today, yet it will certainly benefit from a year or two of bottle age, drink well for 3-5 years, at which point, it’s probably best to wait until a solid 15 years after the vintage. 2023 onwards.’ – Jeb Dunnuck, 100/100

‘If you like wines with exotic fruit aromas here is a beautifully exotic white Hermitage that’s not a jot too rich, much less heavy. In spite of all the power and ripeness this has a zesty orange appeal throughout. A pure Marsanne grown on a very steep south-facing slope with old Rhone gravel soils with some loess on top. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink or hold.’ – James Suckling,, 97/100

‘This relatively warm, early-ripening terroir has yielded a wine that's full-bodied yet with an almost custard-like silky texture. Toasted grain, lemon custard, crushed stone, pear and melon notes mingle easily on the nose of Chapoutier's 2020 Ermitage le Méal Blanc. The long, zesty finish is marked by a slight hint of bitterness that seems to come into this parcellaire from time to time. 2022 – 2040.’ – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 96/100

‘Almond, quince and a touch of rhubarb at this early stage; you sense the ripeness, but it's not exotically fruity in 2020. The silkiness and glycerol on the palate are quite present, this sample shows plentiful oak, lending matchstick and cashew to the finish. An elegant vintage of Le Méal. Well balanced, far from massive. Not as powerful or concentrated as the past few vintages, this will drink well young, and age into the medium term. Not a hugely-long lived Méal I suspect, but a delightful one nonetheless. There is generous alcohol, but it’s not unbalanced. 2023 – 2040.’ – Matt Walls, Decanter, 96/100

More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Michel Chapoutier
Alcohol 14%
Body Full-bodied
Blend information 100% Marsanne
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Marsanne
Rating JD 100
Producer information Michel Chapoutier is the ultimate overachiever. Not only do his thrilling single-vineyard wines set the benchmark for the entire Rhône Valley, but he also produces some of the best value wines on the planet. With a 200-year history, wines from all corners of the Rhône and supreme quality throughout, Michel Chapoutier is the king of the Rhône Valley. Organic and biodynamic farming principles, together with traditional winemaking in top appellations, produce structured wines with long ageing potential. The wines tend to be generous, but each one speaks of its terroir and shows immaculate balance.
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