Established since 1808 in Tain-L'Hermitage, M. Chapoutier is an elite reference among fine Rhône Valley wines today.
Winemaker and wine merchant, Michel Chapoutier has successfully elevated this family-owned business to the very top. The wines by Maison Chapoutier are renowned by the finest connoisseurs from all around the world for their refinement and high quality. A man of many talents, Michel Chapoutier holds the world record for 100/100 scores awarded by the American critic, Robert Parker. Mathilde, Michel Chapoutier's daughter, has taken over the running of this iconic house, which comprises over 350 hectares of vineyards in the most prestigious appellations of the northern and southern Rhône Valley region.
A plot selection, Mr Chapoutier's Le Méal 2020 is an Ermitage wine made from grapes grown on the eponymous hillside. The soil of these high terraces is made up of rolled pebbles and clay. These old vines, over 50 years old on average, are known for their low yields, which produce high-quality wines.
Vinification and ageing
Hand-picked when fully ripe. The grapes are 100% destemmed and vinified in a small cement vat. Maceration at high temperature in order to favour optimal extraction and obtain supple and silky tannins, the guarantee of a lengthy ageing potential. This plot selection is made exclusively from free-run wine. The wine is aged for 14 to 18 months in new or second-fill barrels. Clarification is done naturally.
The colour is an intense garnet, with subtle purple highlights.
The nose blends fruity and smoky notes.
The mouth seduces with its powerful tannins, its velvety feel and its fruity aromas reminiscent of blackberry jam.