Established since 1808 in Tain-L'Hermitage, M. Chapoutier is an elite reference among fine Rhone Valley wines today.
Winemaker and wine merchant, Michel Chapoutier has successfully brought 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 has over 350 hectares of vineyards in the most prestigious appellations of the northern and southern Rhone Valley region.
A plot selection, M. Chapoutier's Le Meal 2021 is an Ermitage wine made from grapes grown on the eponymous hillside. The soil of these high terraces is composed 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.
2021 is a vintage during which the contrasting conditions between the northern and southern parts of the Rhone Valley revealed the nuanced and rich expression of each of these fine terroirs. This vintage is seductive due to its finesse and its aromatic palette that harmoniously blends complexity and elegance.
Intense, the nose mixes lively fragrances of blackberry coulis, cold smoke and reduced juice. When aerated, the bouquet becomes more complex, revealing notes of blueberry and sweet spices.
Ample, the palate is seduced with its fine and silky tannins as well as its fresh and fruity finish.