Similar in style to the hedonistically-styled Cuvee de l’Orée (especially when compared to the structured, mineral-laced l’Ermite), the 2014 Ermitage le Méal Blanc (aged in 10% new demi-muids) offers layers of celery seed, brioche, caramelized pineapple and citrus oil on the nose. Thick, rich, voluptuous and full bodied with a massive finish, drink this sensational white anytime over the coming two to three decades.
A rich, enticing style, with creamed pear, melon and apple fruit flavors. Lightly toasted hazelnut and matchstick hints weave through the finish, with a mirabelle plum note lingering longest. Drink now through 2027. 26 cases imported.
Cask sample. Marsanne at very low yields. Heady, pungent, super-rich nose. Lightly reductive nose. Does this signify a little change in winemaking? Michel C says it’s a terroir effect. Super-crunchy fruit and a little chew on the end. Such is the weight that this wine seems more open at the moment than the Granits Blanc. Some limestone and loess. Floral and apparently a little sweet. Jancis Robinson
A good example of 2014's quality, when it comes to Northern Rhône whites; this hat the fat of the land and and immense length, yet it is mineral, vibrant with a bright acidity that keeps the rich fruit in place. It is great - and will be great, superior to the Pavillon.~
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