2014 Ermitage le Meal
2014 Ermitage le Meal from Chapoutier, Rhone, France
Decoding the labyrinth of sensations that is the 2014 Ermitage le Meal from Chapoutier is in itself an odyssey worth undertaking. Nestled into the northern reaches of the Rhone Valley, the vineyard from where this remarkable wine hails bears witness to its powerful and audacious expression.
An Ode to the Rhone Terroir
Each swirl uncovers a majestic theatre of olfactory performances; a heady cornucopia of ripe black fruits, crushed violets and smoky minerality that offers an understated nod to the granitic soils and favorable climatic conditions of its terroir. The wine's inception in a year with cooler then average temperatures led to an excellent level of acidity, forging a fine thread between intensity and balance.
Clay and Granite - A Fertile Duet
Borne out of unforgiving clay and granite soils, the roughish character of le Meal imparts a distinct depth to the 2014 vintage. This wine is a journey through a myriad of notes that blend seamlessly into one another; ripe red cherries dance around nuanced whiffs of garrigue, soon giving way to indulgent slashes of dark chocolate infused with piquant spices.
The Dance of Details
The first sip is nothing short of a ballet on your palate - beguiling, graceful, yet powerful, resonating whimsically through every sip. The hallmark signs of Syrah married beautifully with the uniqueness of the 2014 season offer an intimate insight into both variety and vintage, showcasing fine winemaking and viticultural prowess that makes for highly coveted investment wines.
An Investment Marinated in Time
With the 2014 Ermitage le Meal, Chapoutier once again affirms its sacrament to the art of vinticulture and penchant for crafting some of the finest reds in the Rhone Valley. An investment in a bottle is one that holds an implicit promise of appreciation - both in value and in taste, as it continues to evolve, revealing new depths and nuances with each passing year. As such, it is a brilliant choice for any refined wine portfolio.
In Vino Veritas
Subtle yet assertive, the 2014 Ermitage le Meal from Chapoutier stands as a testament to the quintessential Rhone expression, an alluring illustration of terroir, variety and vintage working in harmonious synergy. With age, its narrative will continue to unfold, liberating a symphony of flavours which encapsulate in every glass the true essence of a remarkable Rhone wine.
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