Maison Chapoutier is without doubt one of the most prestigious names in the Rhône producing some of the finest Hermitage. The domain converted its 350 hectares of vines to biodynamic viticulture, making it the largest vineyard to adopt this method of cultivation. It has held certification since 1999. The Chapoutier savoir faire has spread to other vineyards in other winemaking regions: Provence, Beaujolais, Roussillon, Champagne, Alsace, Portugal but also Australia. In 1879, Polydor Chapoutier bought a few hectares of vines and started a negociant business. Seven generations have succeeded him, and Michel Chapoutier is currently at the helm. Since 1996, all the labels have been transcribed in braille. Chapoutier is often one of the last to harvest to ensure that grapes reach optimal maturity.
About the cuvée
Le Méal is made exclusively on the hillside with the same name, with high terraces of rolled pebbles and clay. It is a hermitage from old Syrah vines which are about 60 years old. Vinification takes place in a small concrete vat with very long maceration and only free run wine is used for this single parcel cuvée. It is aged in new or 1-year old barrels for between 14 and 18 months and the wine is clarified naturally. The deep garnet red hue has violet tints when young. The nose evokes ripe fruit and roasted notes, evolving into coffee and the cigar notes. The powerful, velvety tannins reveal aromas of blackberry jam with a smoky finish. Very good ageing potential.
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