"Toasty and plush, with cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate aromas leading the way for dark plum, hoisin sauce and graphite notes. Long and rich through the velvety finish, with plenty of mouthfilling bass notes. Best from 2009 through 2020. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 166 cases made."
"The 2005 Ermitage Le Meal from that famous parcel on the mid-/upper slope with fabulous exposition, represents 357 cases. A terrific effort from Ferraton, the wine has a dense purple color to the rim, a sweet, smoky, black currant nose intermixed with blood, tapenade, truffle, and spice box. It is full-bodied, opulent, rich, and surprisingly approachable for a 2005. I must have caught it on a good day, because the tannins are there, but not aggressive. This wine should evolve for at least 20-25 years." -93 Points - Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate