Le Méal Blanc Ermitage 2017
“Rich, bright and very detailed, this lets a panoply of Jonagold apple, green fig, white peach, chamomile, honeysuckle and acacia notes play out in unison, with a subtle brushstroke of warm short bread caressing the finish. Drink now through 2038.” – James Molesworth
VARIETAL: 100% Marsanne
TERROIR: The grapes producing “Le Méal” come from the Méal hillside. This is an old fluvioglacial alluvial deposit soil with shingles which contribute to the soil warming.
VINIFICATION: Hand-harvested generally at a very good maturity (the potential alcohol content is above 14% vol.). After pressing the entire grapes, the must is cold settling between 24 and 48 hours. About 50% of the volume is vinified in big new wooden barrels (600 liters), the others ferment in vats.
Aging: Before bottling, the wine is aged in casks, with stirrings of the lees, and is checked by frequent tastings. This is organoleptic criteria which determine the length of the wooded period. In general, bottling happens from 10 to 12 months after harvesting. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30-60 years, indeed from 50-75 years.
Gastronomy:: Cheeses (goat’s, blue) and spicy dishes (curry), Foie gras, Fish (Crayfish, Lobster) Poultry in sauces.