Alti Wine Club Recommendation: M. CHAPOUTIER “LE MÉAL” Rouge BIO 2017 offers the opportunity to acquire a great vintage of an iconic Rhone Valley wine. We expect prices to continue to rise accordingly in later vintages.

▪ The 2017 vintage has been rated 100 points R.Parker Wine Advocate.

WINE: Le MÉAL 2017 SCORE: (94-100)

Grape variety
Syrah. The age of the vines (50 years on average) guarantees a very high quality production.

The wine is only produced with grapes coming from the Méal hillside. This slope is composed of high terraces of shingles and clay.

Grapes are hand-harvested to the limit of over maturity. Due to their age, these vines give low yields. 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.

Colour: deep garnet red with purple lights during its youth.

Nose: ripe fruits and smoky aromas.

Palate: powerful tannins, velvety, blackberry jam.

According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years, indeed from 50 to 75 year

M. CHAPOUTIER – Overview: History M.Chapoutier company was founded in 1808 and in 1990 Michel Chapoutier at the head of the company began to apply his belief in biodynamic cultivation. At the turning of the century in 1998 M. Chapoutier buys his first winegrowing estate in Australia, then in Rousillon France, then in Portugal and then in Spain, investing millions. Team Chapoutier today includes Matilde and Maxime and a new generation with Corinne and Michel Chapoutier to perpetuate the tradition of a family business.

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