2000 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Méal


  • France
  • Rhône
  • Northern Rhône
  • Hermitage
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Community Tasting Notes 15

  • Marc C Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 25, 2019 - Nez complexe évolué, expressif dès le départ , sur un mélange de fruits noirs, de notes sanguines, de thé, de fumée. Très très joli !
    L'attaque est ample, volumineuse. Changement de registre en milieu de bouche avec une acidité plus marquée qui amène de l'éclat et fait ressortir les notes ferreuses, sanguines. La matière est dense avec une belle patine des tanins. On a vraiment la sensation d'un vin à point, harmonieux.
    Très longue persistance sur la complexité du nez, avec peut-être un petit bémol sur quelques notes de sous-bois que j'ai trouvées moins intéressantes que le reste. Très légère sécheresse en dégustation pure.

    Superbe !

  • Fractalage Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 15, 2018 - Decanted at 6:30 by Jeff Creamer at Dry Creek Kitchen. It needed a few hours to really shine. Tasted as over 4 hours.
    Nose: After 15 minutes I got that animal fur that Tanzer described. It was very animalistic. Living Grrrr.
    It showed lots of tart and acid aromas.
    Sharp, some Brett showing. Earth.
    Translucent purple.
    Tart funk.
    Savory, meaty. Earth. Still had brett notes.
    (Still have not tasted)
    1 hour later.
    Holy funk! YES! Wow, tart mineral another lever of complexity, REAL, that barnyard is amazing, minerals of horse stable, old rotting leather, herb garden, bitter extraction. Finish still going. Oils of horse hind.
    This is the superstar of the dinner. (Tasted 8 wines)
    Goes very well with the lamb t-bone.
    9:17 - incredibly animal. Acedic. Astringent. Coming off desert so the sweet contrasted. Does not pair well with desert.
    Cork was in excellent shape. Gave the bottle to the restaurant 4 days in advance to let it rest. Dry Creek Kitchen's service was top notch, impeccable, and perfect. Bottle's sediment was not too thick and had interesting flavors of bitter dark tartar.
    Had one glass of decanted juice left after the meal, which I nursed for the next hour. It had plateaued nicely. This vintage, if stored properly has at least 5 more years of evolution and 10 more years of plateau.

    Mired in the fruit of Sonoma, being in Healdsburg for my 50, this wine contrasted incredibly. I've been trying to locally find something this real or at least something similar for the past several years. So far there's nothing, but Banshee's '15 Syrah smacked of St. Joseph.

  • joealex Likes this wine: 95 points

    January 21, 2018 - Perfectly integrated luxury polished tannins, acidity and structure, After one sip you immediately want to try another. Elegant style with long aftertaste.
    The only thing which missed was more sophisticated smell.
    Drunk with roasted pork which was perfect match.

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  • tinybubbles wrote: 88 points

    September 16, 2015 - On the nose an initial dark smokiness, light tar, smoked meat, dark earth, coffee grounds and underlying dark fruit. A slight funk on the nose with time. On the palate this wine is off kilter with ripe fruit, high alcohol, and a lack of of other notable elements with the exception of coffee notes on the backpalate. Decanted 45 minutes, consumed over one hour, this wine does not benefit from a lot of air time. Consumed with well-crafted sockeye salmon and the wine largely detracted from the dish. 88-

  • texanoblues Likes this wine: 95 points

    July 4, 2015 - Dark red/violet in the glass. Wine was clear after double decanting, which was needed, to remove sediment. Completely integrated nose composed of blackberry, anise, bitter chocolate, and mint. Wonderfully supple on the palate with black fruit, violets, and earth. Fully resolved structure, with some barely detectable powdery tannins. Very long, and smooth, blackberry/mint finish. Outstanding bottle, fully resolved and integrated.

    As good as this bottle was, I do feel that I would have enjoyed it even more if it were perhaps 2-3yrs younger. It did seem slightly tired and a little faded. Surprising for a Hermitage with this pedigree and age, however, I bought it at auction 1yr ago. Who knows how it was kept prior. Had it not been for this, likely would have scored 96-98ts.

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    January/February 2003, IWC Issue #106 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2000
  • Type Red
  • Producer M. Chapoutier
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Ermitage
  • Vineyard Le Méal
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Northern Rhône
  • Appellation Hermitage

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  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 166 (56%)
  • Consumed 127 (43%)

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