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2009 M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" Ermitage Rouge

SKU #1135732 100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A perfect wine, the 2009 Ermitage Le Pavillon (1,093 cases) boasts a black/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of acacia flowers, blackberries, blueberries, roasted meats, creme de cassis, truffles, graphite, powdered rock and new saddle leather. Extremely dense, noble and pure, this monumental Ermitage is built for 50-100 years of cellaring. Drink through 2111! (What!) (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2011)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Opaque purple. Red and dark berry preserves and candied flowers on the seductively perfumed nose. Juicy, deeply pitched black raspberry and blueberry flavors are complemented by notes of violet, rose and licorice. Offers an uncanny blend of richness and vivacity, with a seamless texture and no excess fat. Closes on a peppery note, with persistent florality. I find this highly seductive wine surprisingly open right now. 98+ Inner quote mark (3/2012)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This has a very alluring ganache edge, which melds nicely into the core of crushed plum, blackberry and currant notes. Lots of anise and briar emerge on the back end, along with ample toasted spice and incense. The very long finish has riveting acidity, while the fruit and ganache notes echo on and on. Dense but precise. (JM) Inner quote mark (7/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Opaque purple. Red and dark berry preserves and candied flowers on the seductively perfumed nose. Juicy, deeply pitched black raspberry and blueberry flavors are complemented by notes of violet, rose and licorice. Offers an uncanny blend of richness and vivacity, with a seamless texture and no excess fat. Closes on a peppery note, with persistent florality. I find this highly seductive wine surprisingly open right now. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2012)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Opaque purple. Red and dark berry preserves and candied flowers on the seductively perfumed nose. Juicy, deeply pitched black raspberry and blueberry flavors are complemented by notes of violet, rose and licorice. Offers an uncanny blend of richness and vivacity, with a seamless texture and no excess fat. Closes on a peppery note, with persistent florality. I find this highly seductive wine surprisingly open right now. (JR) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 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 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2010)

K&L Notes

An ager for sure--up to 100 years!--says Mr. Robert Parker: "This is a fabulous Hermitage of great power, richness and elegance. Unfortunately, given the tannin and extract levels, I suspect 10-15 years of cellaring will be essential. I say that knowing that Chapoutier's 1989 and 1990 Le Pavillons are still adolescents at age 20+. All three of these wines have skyscraper-like textures and amazing purity, richness and depth. It is hard to believe any other producer could eclipse what this trilogy represents in quality, longevity and winemaking statesmanship. One has to admire Michel Chapoutier for producing wines that are not meant for immediate gratification or for turning the heads of consumers right out of the bottle. These wines are meant to help establish his legacy long after most of us have disappeared." (02/11)


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