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2017 Ferraton Père et Fils "Le Méal" Ermitage

SKU #1460791 98 points Jeb Dunnuck

 More bloody meat, black raspberries, wood smoke, spice, and truffle notes emerge from the 2017 Hermitage Le Méal, a massive, opulent effort that has loads of opulence and fruit, building tannins, a gorgeous mid-palate, and a monster finish. It's one of the finest wines I've tasted from this estate! It’s already approachable yet promises to evolve gracefully for 20-25 years or more. 98+  (12/2019)

97 points Decanter

 From south-exposed vines in lieu-dit Le Meal, the fruit is all destemmed and fermented in concrete, then aged for up to 18 months in barrel, on average around 40% new. This wine is dark and brooding in style, with charcoal-laced blackberry fruits. It's full-bodied but not massive, with real energy and drive. It's highly spiced and overly oaky, but rapier-like acidity helps to keep things dynamic. It's almost unbearably powerful at this stage, but not stodgy, and it has a long, tapered finish. (MW)  (10/2018)

96 points Wine Spectator

 Polished and stylish, with a velvety feel to the waves of plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit that glide through, carried by well-embedded notes of loam, ganache and tobacco. Solidly built, showing ample grip for the cellar, but seamlessly integrated, with the fruit holding the upper hand through the finish. (JM)  (11/2019)

94-95 points Vinous

 Glass-staining purple. Deeply pitched, mineral-accented aromas of ripe black/blue fruits, candied flowers, olive and exotic spices show sharp delineation and a subtle touch of smokiness. Sweet, pliant and energetic on the palate, offering deeply concentrated blackberry, and cherry liqueur. Floral pastille flavors show surprising and welcome delicacy for their heft. A smoky mineral nuance defines an impressively long, youthfully tannic finish that leaves a suave violet note behind. (JR)  (7/2019)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The star of Ferraton's 2017s is the 2017 Ermitage Le Méal. A rich, full-bodied offering, it features cedary accents and savory notes of earth and black olives layered over black cherries. Creamy and supple on the palate, it finishes long, picking up hints of dark chocolate. Approachable already, it should drink well through 2035. (JC)  (12/2019)

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