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2012 M. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE LE MEAL BLANC 750ML
2012 M. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE LE MEAL BLANC 750ML
 
Bottle Price $199.99
Sale Price $149.99
Year 2012
Size 750ML
Color White
Varietal White Rhone Blend
Country France

Product Code: 2812365
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Le Meal, a broader swath of the Hermitage hill at a slightly higher elevation (150 200 meters) faces slightly more easterly. It is composed of chalk and alluvial gravelly soil rather than granite, and produces a wine of greater perfume, whether red (Syrah) or white (Marsanne). Again, the small production from a 1.37 hectare site of vines, close to one century old, is reserved for Slection Parcellaire labeling, up to 550 cases for the red and 300 of the rare white. Again, destemming and long macerations are the keys to suppleness and grace even as a young wine, though long cellaring will reward the patient taster. Le Mal holds its official "name place" from the old French word meaning "the best."

TASTING NOTES: A wine that seems to pack more and more quality with each vintage, the 2012 Ermitage le Meal Blanc is borderline perfection, and didn't lose a beat being served beside the de l'Ore and l'Ermite. Flamboyant, ripe, honeyed and decadent, with thrilling white currants, buttered citrus, orange blossom and licorice, it too is a massive wine that will have decades of life. Make no mistake though, it's gorgeous even today.
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