2020 Chapoutier, Ermitage Le Meal, Blanc, 6x750ml

2020 Chapoutier, Ermitage Le Meal, Blanc, 6x750ml

2020 Chapoutier, Ermitage Le Meal, Blanc, 6x750ml

ETA Jun 2023

Availability: En Primeur

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
£725.00

( available)

Critics Score: 96

Publication: Matt Walls, Decanter

Drinking Dates: 2023-2040

Almond, quince and a touch of rhubarb at this early stage; you sense the ripeness, but it's not exotically fruity in 2020. The silkiness and glycerol on the palate are quite present, this sample shows plentiful oak, lending matchstick and cashew to the finish. An elegant vintage of Le Méal. Well balanced, far from massive. Not as powerful or concentrated as the past few vintages, this will drink well young, and age into the medium term. Not a hugely-long lived Méal I suspect, but a delightful one nonetheless. There is generous alcohol, but it’s not unbalanced.
2020 Chapoutier, Ermitage Le Meal, Blanc, 6x750ml

‘Le Méal’ is a 2ha parcel of old Marsanne vines – some more than 50-year-old, with very low yields. Planted on fluvioglacial alluvial deposit soil with large pebbles that help to warm the soil and retain heat, contributing to the good ripening of the grapes. The 2020 vintage shows powerful notes of quince and white flowers. The palate is creamy and mineral, with persistent finish dominated by notes of sweet spice and candied fruit.