Le Méal, a broader swathe of the hill at a high elevation (150-200 metres) facing slightly more Easterly, takes its name from the old French word meaning "the best". The land of sandy gravel, combined with Syrah vines over 50 years old, give a wine characterised by a supple character, fine balance and deeply intense fruit aromas. Yields are again exceptionally low, at around 20 hl/ha. Le Méal tends to produce the longest-lived wines from these soils with greater perfume and richness. The nose exhibits a ripe fruit character, with rich, stewed blackberries and powerful but velvety tannins on the palate.
Syrah from 50 year old vines.
This wine is produced exclusively on the Méal hillside, high terraces of round stones and clays
Hand harvesting at maturity. Natural proof above 13°C
The harvest, totally destemmed, is vinified in a small cement vat. Maceration is long and lasts for 5 to 6 weeks
All the wine is matured in casks including 50% new casks . Maturing lasts 14 to 18 months. Natural clarification. Unfiltered and unfined.
Ageing potential: +25 years
Red meat. Large game. Stew.