M. Chapoutier Le Méal Rouge
AOP Hermitage, Rhône
Very deep garnet red. The nose displays ripe fruits and smoky aromas. Powerful and velvety with tannins and blackberry jam on the palate.
A perfect pairing with roasted meats or wild game or a wild selection of aged cheeses.
The grapes are hand-harvested at maturity. The harvest, totally destemmed, is vinified in a small cement vat. High temperature maceration enables a good extraction of grape potential, to obtain soft and stable tannins, compulsory to keep the wine for a very long time. Only the free-run juice is used in this single vineyard. Wine is matured in new or one year old cask. Maturing lasts between 14 and 18 months. The clarification is natural.
Grapes: 100% Syrah
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
The wine is only produced with grapes coming from the Méal hillside. This slope is composed of high terraces of shingles and clay. The vines are approximately 50 years old.