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98
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M. Chapoutier 1999 Le Méal Ermitage Red (Hermitage)

  1. $150
Chapoutier’s selections of the best parcels of vines in Hermitage are set to become legendary. Sold under the ancient spelling of the appellation name (Ermitage), they represent the epitome of the power and concentration that lies behind the reputation of the appellation. This cuvée is the best of the collection, with its brooding, opaque character, suggesting…  — R.V.  (6/1/2002)
97
points

J.L. Chave 1999 Red (Hermitage)

  1. $125
Jean-Louis, the son of Gérard Chave, is now in charge of the family business, as well as being president of the Hermitage wine producers. He is continuing the family tradition of making powerful statements of Syrah from Hermitage, combining massive structure and over-powering perfumes. This 1999 seems to have the best of the traditional world of tannic immensity…  — R.V.  (6/1/2002)
96
points

J.L. Chave 2004 Marsanne (Hermitage)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $98
Chave’s white Hermitage is even better than his acclaimed red in 2004. It’s wonderfully toasty upfront, backed by layer upon layer of honeyed fruit that simply defies description. Yet despite the incredible richness, there’s also tremendous focus and minerality, so that the wine never seems overly weighty, and it finishes with great length and intensity. Drink it…  — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
96
points

M. Chapoutier 2004 Le Méal Syrah (Hermitage)

  1. $202
Le Méal is said to be the warmest terroir on the Hermitage hill, and thus it is no surprise that this bottling fared the best in the challenging 2004 vintage. Flamboyant, creamy waves of raspberry fruit flood the palate, bringing hints of meat, smoke and pepper along for the ride and developing lovely soft tannins on the caressing finish. Approachable now, but…  — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
96
points

M. Chapoutier 2004 De L'Orée Marsanne (Hermitage)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $160
Chapoutier’s top white in 2004 is this knockout cuvée parcellaire he calls De L’Orée. Aromas of truffles and honey burst from the glass, while the flavors lean toward peaches and toasted nuts. It’s full-bodied and undoubtedly high in alcohol, but there’s no trace of heat, and while it’s broad and mouthfilling because of its size, it still finishes fresh and minerally.  — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
96
points

M. Chapoutier 2000 Le Méal Syrah (Hermitage)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $317
If the gorgeous notes of brown sugar, graham cracker and black pepper on the nose don’t reel you in, what’s in the mouth will. Its blackberry core is juicy without being overblown; black olives, earth, leather and even a little raspberry flesh out the flavor profile. Has a velourlike texture in the mouth; its tannins are soft enough to age well, but age it…  — W.E.  (9/1/2003)
96
points

Paul Jaboulet Aîné 1997 La Chapelle Red (Hermitage)

  1. $100
A wine that sells for around $100 a value? Yes, when it has the pedigree of La Chapelle and the intensity of this particular wine. The best wine to come from Jaboulet since the awe-inspiring 1990. And yes, in these days of newly released $250+ first-growth Bordeaux, a value.  — W.E.  (11/15/1999)
95
points

M. Chapoutier 2006 Le Méal Ermitage Syrah (Hermitage)

  • Cellar Selection
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $270
Although 2006 won’t go down as a great vintage in the northern Rhône, Chapoutier’s selections parcellaires are still top notch. Le Méal gets the nod this year as the most powerful of the group, with massive espresso and black olive elements tinged with meat and underlain by a bed of ripe blueberries. Long and mouthwatering on the finish, look for this wine to…  — J.C.  (2/1/2011)
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