Sponsored By: Philippe Dandurand Wines Ltd.
Julian (95): Sourced from vines roughly fifty years of age, the 2011 Le Méal Ermitage delivers astonishing clarity, harmony, layering, and polish. Dark-opaque ruby in colour, this spectacular gem offers stunning, multilayered aromas of smoked black fruits, brambleberries, dried currants, strawberries, subtle leather, pipe tobacco, white pepper, and a hint of sushi wrapper, espresso, and spice. Incredibly complex, possessing sensationally stylish fruit, very firm tannins, balanced acidity, and a wonderfully full-bodied hint of smoked black fruits, brambleberries, and mineral deposits on the finish. Classic purity and approach, this will easily cellar for three decades or more. Now-2045++. (Tasted March 2014)