2011 M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Even better and a prodigious effort that hits all my sweet spots, the 2011 Ermitage Le Pavillon comes from one of the top terroirs on Hermitage hill, the granite soils of the Les Bessards lieu-dit. Spectacularly perfumed, with raspberry, blackberry, licorice, toasted spices and assorted floral nuances, this full-bodied effort has massive depth and richness, no hard edges and masses of finely polished tannin that emerge on and frame the finish. It will be approachable at an earlier age than either the 2009 or 2010, yet should nevertheless have 2-3 decades of ultimate longevity. (JD)
Densely packed, with dark plum, currant paste and macerated fig fruit, offset by a zesty edge. Briary tannins stride along with the copious fruit, revealing lots of spice and bramble notes on the finish. Very dense for the vintage. Best from 2016 through 2030.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. A heady, alluring bouquet evokes candied red fruits, potpourri, cracked pepper and Asian spices. Stains the palate with juicy black raspberry and cherry flavors that gain weight and a floral quality with aeration. Rich yet lively, finishing with superb clarity and lingering spiciness. The most Burgundian of this year's high-end Hermitages from Chapoutier, showing plenty of upfront sex appeal.
Dark, shiny crimson. Very meaty, savoury and the most obviously stereotypically Hermitage. Polished tannins but they are there in abundance. Very notable acidity and bone dry fruit. Wait ages before opening this. Lots of fresh, characterful fruit. Very serious indeed - for enormous eventual pleasure. 18.5/20 points.