Hermitage ‘Les Meal’ 2012 750ml 6 or 12 bottles
Dark, deep red. Has a muscular bouquet, a brooding presence: it is packed with berry fruit and delivers notes of entrails, gummy reduction, a rugby scrum, images of damp forest here as well. The nose still has ways to go. Texture - its rich oiliness - is the first impact on the palate; this has every move covered, is a real criss-crosser of the palate.There is proper Hermitage depth and “fire”, blood in its veins, and extensive length, some low-key oaking.
93-95/100 Stephen Tanzer
17.5/20 Jancis Robinson