ERMITAGE FERRATON PERE & FILS LE MEAL (BIO) - 2009

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LE MÉAL ERMITAGE ROUGE
Certification agriculture biologique,
conversion en biodynamie

RHONE NORD - HERMITAGE - ROUGE - Note Parker : ND WS=95+
Note Parker: 95+/100, à boire jusqu en 2051. LE MÉAL ERMITAGE ROUGE Certification agriculture biologique, conversion en biodynamie CÉPAGE 100 % Syrah. Vignes âgées d’environ 30 ans et greffées sur place. SOL Terrasses de galets roulés exposées plein sud sur le coteau du Méal. VINIFICATION Vendange éraflée, vinifiée en cuves béton (pour une meilleure inertie thermique) pendant 4 semaines environ (suivant le millésime). Extraction par remontages et pigeages. ÉLEVAGE En fûts de chêne de 14 à 18 mois suivant le millésime (30 à 50 % de fûts neufs). DÉGUSTATION Robe : brillante, rubis très intense. Nez : petits fruits noirs, quelques notes de cuir. Bouche : vin à la fois puissant et concentré. Beaucoup d’ampleur et de structure, long en bouche. Vin de longue garde. source Domaine Ferraton. Dense, but very pure, delivering a torrent of bitter cherry, plum preserves and cassis flavors that rush along, while hints of violet, briar and singed apple wood fill in the background. The long and authoritative finish pulls everything together. This M. Chapoutier-owned estate continues to improve. Best from 2015 through 2030. 175 cases made. -JM. SCORE:95/100. source Wine Spectator. There are fewer than 200 cases each of the 2009 Ermitage Les Dionnieres and 2009 Ermitage Le Meal. Both are spectacular efforts boasting a blue/purple color along with notes of creosote, acacia flowers, beef blood, blackberry liqueur and licorice. Le Meal reveals greater intensity, but both are spectacular wines capable of lasting 30-40 years. If the turn around in quality of the Paul Jaboulet-Aine wines is the biggest good news story of qualitative improvement in the northern Rhone, what Michel Chapoutier has accomplished with Ferraton is a close second. This is definitely a name to be taken seriously, as Chapoutier has expanded the portfolio and continues to upgrade the quality across the board. Ferraton’s 2009s and 2010s are the finest wines made to date. There appears to be three levels of quality now being produced, beginning with the generic bottlings, to the single vineyard (or lieu-dit) offerings, followed by the top of the line, more expensive, limited production efforts called selections parcellaires. source Robert Parker.