“Year in and year out, one of the three greatest Hermitages made is Chapoutier’s Le Pavillon.”
– Robert Parker
We just made a terrific ‘opportunity buy” of two great vintages of Michel Chapoutier’s Ermitage “Le Pavillon” single-vineyard Syrah from Hermitage. This represents the acme, along with Jean-Louis Chave, of Northern Rhone Syrah. I love these wines and they make a brilliant addition to any cellar. The grapes are farmed bio-dynamically.
These wines are offered at a price level you will not see again. The reviews and ratings below are from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
2005 Chapoutier Ermitage le Pavillon 98 points $199.99/bottle
“The biggest production cuvee, the 2005 Ermitage Le Pavillon (1,067 cases in this vintage) has a dense purple color, the classic acacia flower, graphite-based, smoky creme de cassis nose with a tremendous intensity and a full-bodied power and richness that is awesome. These are monumental wines, and when you think that this wine, much like most of its siblings, is made from yields of 12-18 hectoliters per hectare, the explanation for its concentration and extraordinary expression of terroir is obvious. Give it 10-15 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 75-100.”
2001 Chapoutier Ermitage le Pavillon 93-95 points $179.99/bottle
“The 2001 Ermitage Le Pavillon exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of camphor, ink, creme de cassis, and hints of licorice as well as smoke. Although dense, rich, and full-bodied, the 2001 reveals more acidity in its delineated, nervous personality. Unquestionably great and intense, it will be less charming and precocious than its 2000 sibling. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030.”
“Saturated red-ruby. Explosive, superripe aromas of black raspberry, boysenberry, black olive tapenade, licorice, coffee and smoked meat. Wonderfully opulent and voluptuous in the mouth, with a texture like liquid silk. Coats your mouth, cheeks and whatever other surfaces it can find. Finishes with extraordinarily fine tannins and great sweetness and persistence. The best bottle of Pavillon I’ve tasted in at least a decade.” Stephen Tanzer 95 points