A classic expression of the gorgeous, sunbaked vineyard, the 2013 Ermitage le Méal is as ripe, sexy and voluptuous as they come in the vintage. Black raspberries, jammy blackberries, licorice, toasted spice and crushed flowers are just some of the nuances in the bouquet. Full-bodied, mouth-filling with ripe tannin, plenty of mid-palate density (which can be lacking in some wines in the vintage) and with a great finish, it has the balance and texture to dish out pleasure today, but will have 25 or more years of overall longevity (to 2040).
97 points, Wine Advocate
Bristles with energy, as the core of loganberry, raspberry and boysenberry confiture is pushed by lively, brambly structure and enticing notes of anise, singed apple wood and pain d'épices. There's a lot going on here, so give this time to settle.
96 points, Wine Spectator (June 2016)
Vivid purple. Deep-pitched, smoke- and spice-accented aromas of blueberry and cherry compote, violet and incense take on a hint of olive. Lush and expansive, offering palate-staining black and blue fruit liqueur and spicecake flavors sharpened by a bright mineral element. Becomes sweeter and deeper with air and finishes extremely long, with velvety tannins and lingering spiciness.
95 points, Vinous (March 2016)
M. Chapoutier is a renowned producer in the northern Rhône valley, producing a diverse array of benchmark wines from the region’s most prestigious appellations. The Chapoutier family has roots in the region dating from 1808; however it is under the current leadership of winemaker Michel Chapoutier that quality at the estate has soared. Since taking over the family firm, Michel Chapoutier has overseen the dramatic transformation of the estate’s vineyards to biodynamic practices. Winemaking philosophy has also changed significantly with a more sensitive oak regime now in place to allow the wine’s character to show through. The wines are also bottled unfined and unfiltered. M.Chapoutier is famous both for the "téte de cuvées" wines from old vine vineyards including La Mordorée and Hermitage La Pavillon and its range of rare Sélections Parcellaires; celebrated single-vineyard wines from the Northern Rhone’s most site, the Hill of Hermitage.