Descripción

La variedad Marsanne en el Ródano entrega vinos concentrados y largos que en su madurez embelesan a los más entendidos por su gran complejidad y elegancia. En Ermitage, Michel Chapoutier elabora este vino parcelario con apenas 2 hectáreas de viñedo repleto de canto rodado de origen aluvial. Sorprende por su salinidad y mineralidad, con una tensión en boca remarcable.

Ficha técnica

La bodega
Tipo
Blanco Fermentado en Barrica
Añada
2019
Grado
15.0% vol.
Variedad
100% Marsanne
Origen
Ermitage

Cata

Vista
Color amarillo dorado brillante.
Nariz
Notas de frutas exóticas, mango y piña asada.
Boca
De textura cremosa que nos deja un sutil recordatorio de la exposición soleada de esta parcela.
Temperatura de servicio
Entre 9 y 12 ºC.
Consumo
Hasta 2040 si se conserva en buenas condiciones.

Viñedo y elaboración

Descripción
El viñedo de ubica en la ladera de Méal.
Superficie
2 hectares.
Edad
Más de 50 años.
Suelo
Cantos rodados de origen aluvial.
Clima
Continental.
Cosecha
Vendimia manual en el momento de maduración límite (normalmente el potencial de alcohol está por encima de los 14% vol.)
Vinificación
Después de prensar las uvas enteras se realiza una premaceración fermentativa en frío entre 24 y 48 horas. Aproximadamente el 50% del mosto pasa a barricas nuevas de roble francés de 600 litros. La otra mitad permanece en depósitos.
Envejecimiento
Crianza sobre lías de unos 12 meses en demi-muid, barrica nueva y depósito de acero inoxidable.

Opinión de los críticos

Jeb Dunnuck:

The richest and most fruit loaded of the trio is the 2019 Ermitage Le Méal Blanc, which comes from a warmer terroir. This killer Hermitage Blanc has a vivid gold hue as well as a crazy good nose of quince, honeyed currants, acacia flowers, spice, and orange marmalade. It doesn't have the minerality of the L'Ermite (and to a lesser extent, the De l’Orée) yet has a more opulent, fat, unctuous style that's still flawlessly balanced and remarkably pure. This is another magical Hermitage from Chapoutier that does everything right. I followed this bottle for multiple days and it only improved with air. It's certainly the more early drinking of these three single vineyard releases, yet it still deserves 2-4 years of bottle age and should keep for 30 years or more.

The Wine Advocate:

The 2019 Ermitage le Méal Blanc was initially tasted and reviewed last year. While I retasted it, my impressions were essentially the same as last time (reproduced here for the sake of completeness): The 2019 Ermitage le Méal Blanc boasts remarkable complexity, ranging from hints of pencil shavings and crushed stones to a range of ripe, honeyed fruit (pear, melon, citrus) and then into slightly spicy-herbal, salty elements that bring celery seed and fennel to mind. It's medium to full-bodied, broad and mouth coating on the palate, yet retains a terrific sense of freshness that revolves around gentle citrus pith/zest and salted licorice on the lingering finish.

Decanter:

A rich and textural style with a gently smoky element running through it. Fresher than de l'Orée this year, but still massively rich and concentrated with a long finish. Touch of tomato leaf and tangy acidity - a lively style, like a fat man that can dance. 70% aged in demi-muid; 15% new oak, the rest is second- or third-use barrels. The remaining 30% is aged in stainless steel.

James Suckling:

Spectacularly complex nose of dried fruit (everything from pear to pineapple) with a whiff of smoke wafting through it. Very rich, but precisely contoured with a very impressive structure, the spiciness building towards the finish. Both succulent and refined at the fabulous, creamy finale. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink or hold.