M. Chapoutier Ermitage "Le Meal" Blanc 2013

Marsanne | Rhone Valley,  France

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M. Chapoutier Ermitage "Le Meal" Blanc 2013

Details

  • Style

  • Varietal

    Marsanne

  • Flavor

    Almond, Apple, Mineral

  • Aroma

  • Pairings

    Veal, Appetizers, Poultry Dishes, Goat Cheese

$250.00
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Wine Facts

BOTTLE SIZE

750 ml

ALCOHOL %

14.5%

WINEMAKER

Michel Chapoutier

AGING

Before bottling, the maturation in casks is checked by frequent tastings. Organoleptic tests are carried out to determine how long the wine should remain in casks and what hte bottling date should be. Ususally, bottling happens 10 to 12 months after harve

FERMENTATION

The grapes are hand harvested at full maturity. After pressing the entire grapes, the must is cold racked for 24 hours. After 50% is vinified in new oak casks, the rest ferments in vats

2013 Vintage

100 RP
Rated On: January 2015

Unlike Burgundy and Bordeaux, the Rh?ne does not have an official cru (vineyard) classification system. There are, however, lieux-dits, “named places” or place names that denote vineyard sites and plots within each appellation. Chapoutier owns some of the most famous plots in the Rh?ne, including 34 hectares within the tiny Hermitage appellation. This collection of highly sought after wines is coined "Selections Parcellaires". These exceptional wines are created organically and biodinamically and are imported to the United States once per year.  Le M?al, a broader swath of the hill at a slightly higher elevation (150-200 meters), faces slightly more to the east. 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 the nearly century-old vines, up to 550 cases for the red and 300 of the rare white, is reserved for S?lection Parcellaire labeling. 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 M?al owes its official “lieu dit,” in English "place name," to the old French word meaning "the best.”

- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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