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Ermitage le Méal Michel Chapoutier 2007
The 2007 Ermitage Le Meal offers up notes of red and black fruits, graphite, licorice, and truffles in its full-bodied, dense, more monolithic style. This powerful, rich 2007 should drink well for 20-25 years.<br/><br/><strong>(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr 09)</strong><br/>
The name CHAPOUTIER is present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Polydor CHAPOUTIER was the first to begin to buy vines, thus moving from the status of wine-grower of an estate to that of a viticulturist, a wine producer and a businessman. The pioneering spirit was already present in the family.
Editorial Reviews for Ermitage le Méal Michel Chapoutier
This is big, but wonderfully balanced with plenty of acid buffering the sweetness. On the palate there are layers of rich raspberry and red plum fruits that turn a touch blacker on the finish. There are hints of dried black cherry, earth and fudge. Not terribly complex but with tons of ripe fruit and a lovely, zesty character. 88pts
90 Rating-Bila Haut Chapoutier Cotes du Rousillon-2008 Liked it very much...A grape variety of Syrah, Grenache & Carignan Earthy...tasted like black cherries,...smooth going down-sweet tannins. Reminded me of dark chocolates. Bought it on sale for $12/bottle... great buy
Light red fruit aromas, predominantly cranberry. Palate is quite bright. The finish falls apart slightly but the flavors are pleasant.
Pop and pour. Tested at 74 deg F. This wine was very good straight from the bottle. Probably should drink now, not sure waiting is needed or advised. Inviting and rhone-like brambly and smoky red fruit on the nose with some distinct notes of barnyard and vineyard dirt. Clean berry fruit (red raspberry, cranberry, blackberry, not too much cherry or plum) on the palate, with hints of sweet warm spices (pepper, licorice, perhaps a touch of ginger or cardamom), that finish with an echo of the red fruit, spice, and oak in an aromatic and lengthy finish. Had a good acid bite to balance the fruit and spice. Body medium minus, acid medium, tannin medium or lower. Probably good with slightly spicy mediterranean cooking which is also well-balanced in its mix of ingredients. Really good QPR.
Pine needle, cherry and lilacs on the nose. Lighter bodied than I was expecting, the key flavors are cherry, blueberry. Medium tannins on the finish, with a touch of mint.
Perfect with rich chocolate desserts and a very reliable wine in general throughout vintages. Sweet, with notes of chocolate covered red fruits and sweet spice.
Fresh,strawberries,bright. Great wine to have with fish or any summertime food.
I will be blunt, it was very good, but it was just not my favorite wine. It does have an elegant bottle, and what I believe is actually braille on the label - an interesting feature I've not seen before. The actual product is a rich dark cherry red, and crystal clear when held to the light. The aromas are moderate by my standards, and relatively youthful. Let this wine air for a while in a decanter and it should improve. Cellar it for three years and it may be fantastic. There is a distinct scent of cherry but little more in the nose aside from the grape. In the mouth, there are easily detectable notes of cherry. A moderate cassis tartness tingles the taste buds. This, like many of the wines you will read of here, is certainly dry and acidic, but I felt this was a good taste of fruit without being sweet at all. It definitely has some body to its flavor as well. The flavors linger for about 5 seconds and dissipate with a slight warmth. This is a very good wine to be sure, but it lacked some of the complexity I look for. I would have no problem serving it in my home, but I probably wouldn't give it as a gift. MORE at http://redsfortherestofus.blogspot.com/
External Reviews for Ermitage le Méal Michel Chapoutier
Displays aromas of sweet candied cherry and raspberry, cinnamon, tobacco and sweet fudge, with additional elements of crème brulee and toasted almonds after some time in the glass. The palate is full and rich with layers of chocolate intertwined with... Jeff Loo. A Proprietary Blend wine from Languedoc Roussillon in France. 2007 Chapoutier Banyuls 500ml
Nose is mildly aromatic, expressing citrus, strawberry, and a hint of cherry. Very clean on the palate, with mild strawberry and citrus flavors. Acidity is somewhere between mild and medium. The finish is pleasant and balanced. This is an enjoyable, refreshing wine on its own, with enough structure to match with food. I matched it successfully with spicy turkey sausage with sauteed peppers and onions; it should be equally good with other lean and spicy dishes, as well as chicken and pork, and vegetarian cuisine. At about ten bucks (under ten in some places), this is a great value.
Deep ruby with a bright rim. A spicy, intensely floral bouquet of raspberry, blackberry, incense and violet, with a smoky mineral overtone. Sweet red berry flavors are given a firm edge by notes of bitter cherry and cracked pepper, and a suave floral quality gains strength with air. Finishes lively, focused and subtly sweet, with strong echoes of smoke and flowers.
The superb 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois may turn out to be the finest example from this vineyard yet produced. Chapoutier's single vineyard Chateauneuf du Papes represent two different areas of the appellation, with the Croix de Bois coming... Robert Parker. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2007 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois 1500ml
Utilizing contract fruit from very old Grenache vines vinified at the facility in Latour de France that is utilized for the wines of Bila-Haut, the Chapoutier 2007 Banyuls smells alluringly of black raspberry preserves, freesia, black tea, and an alk... Robert Parker. A Proprietary Blend wine from Languedoc Roussillon in France. 2007 Chapoutier Banyuls 500ml
This has good depth and grip, with a strong briary edge carrying the iron, black olive, maduro tobacco, bittersweet cocoa, mulled plum and black cherry notes. The tangy finish has solid length. Drink now through 2012.
The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois comes from the eastern sector of Chateauneuf du Pape near Bedarrides. Its dense plum/purple color is accompanied by a big, sweet bouquet of licorice, roasted Provencal herbs, meat juices, kirsch, black raspb... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2007 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois 750ml
Food Pairings for Ermitage le Méal Michel Chapoutier
<p>This wine is a sweet dark red that is rich in tannins. The flavor is primarily cherry with other darker fruits, with a long, full-bodied finish that leaves its drinker satisfied. </p>
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