|Rhône||2013||Ermitage Le Meal Rouge, Maison M. Chapoutier||BT||2||0||1,150.00||12||24||127.77777733333||97.00||97.00||Ermitage Le Meal Rouge, Chapoutier||0.75|
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A classic expression of the gorgeous, sunbaked vineyard, the 2013 Ermitage le Méal is as ripe, sexy and voluptuous as they come in the vintage. Black raspberries, jammy blackberries, licorice, toasted spice and crushed flowers are just some of the nuances in the bouquet. Full-bodied, mouth-filling with ripe tannin, plenty of mid-palate density (which can be lacking in some wines in the vintage) and with a great finish, it has the balance and texture to dish out pleasure today, but will have 25 or more years of overall longevity. Drink: 2015 - 2040
A wine that Michel is convinced will end up being a perfect wine, the 2013 Ermitage le Meal is certainly one of the top wines in the vintage. Stunning on all counts, with a surprisingly serious, focused feel in its black raspberry, creme de cassis, crushed flowers, lavender and gunpowder bouquet, it offers full-bodied richness, thrilling purity and a blockbuster finish. While this cuvee is normally upfront and sexy from the get-go, short-term cellaring should be the name of the game with this vintage.