|Rhône||2016||Ermitage Le Méal Blanc, Maison M. Chapoutier|
|MG||0||1||215.00||bt||1||143.33333333333||99.00||97.00||Ermitage Le Meal Blanc, Chapoutier||1.5|
|Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.|
Like the de Cuvée de L’Orée, only even richer, with huge buttered citrus, crushed rock, and orange blossom aromatics, the 2016 Ermitage Le Méal Blanc hits the palate with red wine-like structure and tannin, full-bodied richness, bright acidity, and incredible length. It too has a liquid rock-like minerality and is a prodigious effort from this estate.
Similarly colored, the 2016 Ermitage Le Méal Blanc comes from a warmer terroir of pebbly and more loess soils and was brought up in 10% new demi-muids. It's a bigger, richer wine than the de l’Orée and boasts rocking notes of honeyed citrus, orange marmalade, baking spices, and licorice. Rich, powerful, and layered on the palate, it's another rocking white from this team that will drink nicely for two decades or more.
The 2016 Ermitage le Meal Blanc is all Marsanne and all power, with ample weight and richness on the full-bodied palate. Grilled melon and tangerine flavors are big, bold and round yet balanced by a hint of bitterness on the finish. It should drink well for two decades or more. Drink Date 2018 - 2035