Le Méal (0.75 L)
WA:While not the blockbuster year in the Southern Rhone, the Northern Rhone’s 2007 vintage still produced a bevy of ripe, sexy and forward wines that have drunk well since release. Chapoutier’s 2007 Ermitage le Meal offers a full-bodied, charming, character-filled personality to go with notes of black raspberries, creme de cassis, incense and hints of beef blood on the nose. Sweetly fruited, with gorgeous purity and no hard edges, it’s drinking beautifully today, but should continue to evolve nicely for another 10-15 years.
WA / RP: 94