1994 Chapoutier Ermitage le Pavillon
Syrah - 750ML

  • WA 96
  • WS 90

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 1996
The 1994 Ermitage Le Pavillon (Chapoutier drops the "H" out of respect for the ancient spelling of Hermitage) is another blockbuster phenomenally concentrated wine. Le Pavillon is generally among the top three or four... The 1994 Ermitage Le Pavillon (Chapoutier drops the "H" out of respect for the ancient spelling of Hermitage) is another blockbuster phenomenally concentrated wine. Le Pavillon is generally among the top three or four wines of France in every vintage! The 1994's opaque purple color and wonderfully sweet pure nose of cassis and other black fruits intertwined with minerals are followed by a wine of profound richness great complexity and full body. It is almost the essence of blackberries and cassis. There is huge tannin in this monster Ermitage that somehow manages to keep its balance and elegance. Made from a parcel of vines (which I have walked through) some of which pre-date the phylloxera epidemic the 1994 Ermitage Le Pavillon should be purchased only by those who are willing to invest 10-12 years of cellaring. It will not reach full maturity before the end of the first decade of the next century after which it will last for 30+ years.
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 1997
Elegant for Hermitage this shows its balanced fruit alcohol and tannin in a harmonious package. The flavors are all there: licorice game smoke the wine is subdued yet complete. Should develop well. Drink now through 2005... Elegant for Hermitage this shows its balanced fruit alcohol and tannin in a harmonious package. The flavors are all there: licorice game smoke the wine is subdued yet complete. Should develop well. Drink now through 2005. 200 cases imported.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 1994

Label

Chapoutier’s Ermitage le Pavillon is made from syrah vines with an average age of 90+ years. The grapes are hand-harvested, totally de-stemmed, and fermented in concrete tanks. The wine mature in oak casks for 18 to 20 months.

Le Pavillon has a deep garnet red color with purple highlights. It is tarry and smoky on the nose with aromas of raspberry, blackberry, walnut and licorice. The wine has a complex taste and strong attack. It is velvety and balanced, with a long final finish and flavors of liquorice, tobacco and cocoa. Depending on the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years or even from 50 to 75 years.

Winery

Chapoutier

Chapoutier is one of the oldest wine producers in the Rhone Valley with a history dating back to 1808. A distant ancestor, Polydor Chapoutier, was the first to buy vines here, shifting from being a simple grape grower to making and trading his own wine. For the last two hundred years, the estate has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley. Today, the range also includes wines from some Roussillon appellations as well as projects in Portugal and Australia.

Under Michel Chapoutier’s leadership, quality improved and Chapoutier gained international recognition. The massive negociant and winery produces single-vineyard expressions and classic wines from a range of appellations in the north and south of the valley.

They have adopted biodynamic farming techniques and have included Braille markings on their labels since 1996. This was done from a desire to reach out to and include lovers of good wines with sight-impairments, and as a tribute to Maurice Monier of La Sizeranne, a member of the family that previously owned the vines of the same name and who invented the first abbreviated version of Braille.