Wine Spectator 98 points - Superdense, with lots of bass showing now--anise, fennel seed, cardamom, glazed pear and fig--but there’s still plenty of minerality behind it all, with a long, salted butter finish that just won’t quit. Best from 2010 through 2025. 499 cases made. –JM
Wine Advocate 96 points - The warmest terroir for the white Ermitage cuvees is Le Meal, an upper mid-slope terroir with a great exposition.The most flamboyant of these wines, the 2005 Ermitage Le Meal blanc, exhibits notes of buttered citrus, copious tropical fruit, crushed rocks, white currants, and an amazing amount of honeysuckle allied with good acidity and enormous body.
DOMAINE CHAPOUTIER 2005 CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE LE MEAL
"Big, broad-shouldered version, with loam, tobacco, currant paste and hoisin sauce notes out in front of the formidable tannin structure, Dark, loamy and muscular through the finish, with a haymaker
of black fruit and tarry grip. Best from 2010 through 2080." James Molesworth Wine Spectator 98 points