One of the wines of the vintage, the spectacular 2011 Ermitage Le Meal is borderline perfection. Loaded with dark fruits, charcoal, roasted herbs, liquid violet and crushed rock-like minerality, it flows onto the palate with full-bodied richness, layers of texture and superb concentration. Offering uncommon richness and texture in the vintage, it should have two decades of longevity (and be drinkable for most of it). (JD)
The mulled plum, loganberry and blackberry fruit is melded together in this version, studded with anise, briar and singed mesquite notes. A light tarry backdrop frames the long finish. Best from 2015 through 2030.
Bright purple. Powerful, spice-accented aromas of raspberry, cherry and cola, with a smoky mineral topnote. Bitter cherry and red berry flavors show an appealingly silky texture and noteworthy energy. A lively core of minerality provides lift and sharpens the wine's sexy fruit qualities. Closes with excellent clarity, thrust and persistence.
Mid to dark crimson. Sappy and appetising on the nose. Lovely fine tannins and texture with good acidity and a mineral streak. Real structure and pzazz. Dry finish that is recognisably Hermitage. Very juicy though. So persistent. 18.5/20 points.
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