M. Chapoutier Le Méal Ermitage Syrah 1999

$169

Lush and round, but mostly it's a super-elegant Hermitage that warms your heart with its seductive texture and flavors. So subtle at first, with ripe fruit, mineral, wet earth and roasted game notes, it kicks into overdrive on the finish, which seems endless. Quite an experience. Drink now through 2020. Wine Spectator

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Ratings on Delectable

Charles (Chad) Bucklin Delectable Pro

Owner and founder of C. T. Bucklin Wine Advising

Tasted next to 99 Morodoree. This was much more savage and intense. Very rich and still young. Fruit and oak at the forefront (plum). Drinks well now but needs time. Not typical hermitage. Quite sweet.

Tasted next to 99 Morodoree. This was much more savage and intense. Very rich and still young. Fruit and oak at the forefront (plum). Drinks well now but needs time. Not typical hermitage. Quite sweet.

8.9

Charles (Chad) Bucklin Delectable Pro

Owner and founder of C. T. Bucklin Wine Advising

A striking wine with beautiful grace and complexity. Plenty of time left to go but very impressive now. #chapoutier #lemeal #ermitage #hermitage #northernrhone #rhonevalley #syrah #ctbucklinwine

A striking wine with beautiful grace and complexity. Plenty of time left to go but very impressive now. #chapoutier #lemeal #ermitage #hermitage #northernrhone #rhonevalley #syrah #ctbucklinwine

9.6

Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe Delectable Pro

Dense, powerful black fruit. Meaty quality. Great acidity.

Dense, powerful black fruit. Meaty quality. Great acidity.

9.6

Mike Evans

Tasted blind, another boring, generic Chapoutier.

Tasted blind, another boring, generic Chapoutier.

8.5

Lara H

Delicious! Earthy, meaty and some integrated tannins. Trying wines like these makes me feel bad for the ones I will try after.

Delicious! Earthy, meaty and some integrated tannins. Trying wines like these makes me feel bad for the ones I will try after.

9.4

Jeroen Koenen

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 1999 Rouge

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 1999 Rouge

9.3

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

Excellent stuff. 5 tool player. Velvety smooth, bacon fat, tapenaude, dark resolved fruits. Long finish.

Excellent stuff. 5 tool player. Velvety smooth, bacon fat, tapenaude, dark resolved fruits. Long finish.

9.4

Steve Anderson

Outstanding

Outstanding

9.4

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