M. Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal Premier 2010
"Le Meal has sweet creme de cassis, blackberry, bacon fat and a meaty, bloody steak component to its richness. It has good acidity, but is clearly the most voluptuous and succulent of this quartet of monumental wines from one of the greatest appellations for wine in the world, Hermitage...96-100" WA 12/11 "Opaque purple. Inky ruby. Intense, smoke-accented aromas of black and blue fruits, violet and Indian spices, with a hint of licorice in the background. Lush and creamy but also penetrating, showing impressive intensity to its sweet blackberry and blueberry compote flavors. Utterly stains the palate and finishes with excellent clarity and lingering spiciness...94-96" IWC 3/12
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.