2006 M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" Ermitage Rouge

SKU #1108609 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Showing more minerality than the le Meal, yet more plushness and sexiness than the l’Ermite, the 2006 Ermitage le Pavillon is a tour de force that gives up sensational notes of crushed rocks, blackberries, currants, smoked meats and licorice. It shows a touch of iron and bloodiness with time in the glass, is full-bodied, seamless and incredibly layered on the palate. There’s no shortage of tannin either and this beauty needs 4-5 years of cellaring to hit full maturity, and will keep for another 2-3 decades. (JD)  (2/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator

 Tightly wound, with a mix of loganberry, blueberry and blackberry fruit all laced with espresso, loam and black tea hints. The dense, graphite-filled finish has a lot of unwinding to do.  (6/2009)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Le Pavillon is drawn from Les Bessards, the most granitic of Hermitage’s climats, resulting in a wine with pronounced structure and minerailty. Hints of cinnamon and clove join plum and crushed stone on the nose, while the concentrated flavors suggest iron or beef blood as well. Drink 2015–2030.  (2/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky purple. Explosively perfumed, seductive aromas of raspberry, mulberry, potpourri and burning incense. Candied floral and sweet dark berry flavors saturate the palate, with fine-grained tannins lending shape. Tightens up on the finish, with the red berry and floral notes echoing. A real mouthful of sweet, energetic fruit: I'd give it some time to move past the primary fruit stage but it's gorgeous right now.  (2/2009)

Jancis Robinson

 Glowing dark crimson. Burnt tarry whiffs on the nose. Complex vine stumps on a bonfire. Then an unctuous palate entry. Very clever. You really do have to take your hat off to Michel Chapoutier and team for producing these gems, each one so different from the last and chock full of character. Wonderfully graceful polished tannins and great length. They make all but a handful of 2009 red bordeaux look a little predictable. Great depth and velvety texture. Smoke but not mirrors. It’s all real! You could actually drink this with pleasure already but it would be a massive waste of all that unrealised potential. (19/20)  (4/2010)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Hermitage/Crozes-Hermitage