2001 Chapoutier Ermitage le Pavillon
Syrah - 750ML
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2003
Year in and year out one of the three greatest Hermitages made is Chapoutier's Le Pavillon.The 2001 Ermitage Le Pavillon exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color as well as a big sweet nose of camphor ink creme de cassis... Year in and year out one of the three greatest Hermitages made is Chapoutier's Le Pavillon.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. (I disagree but Michel Chapoutier feels his finest three Le Pavillons to date have been 1991 followed by 1995 and 2000. I retain a preference for the glorious trilogy of 1989 1990 and 1991.)These uncompromising offerings from a young genius are not meant for consumers who want something to drink immediately. They are the essence of bio-dynamically farmed vineyard sites cropped incredibly low given extended fermentations with indigenous yeasts and rarely touched until they go into the bottle unfined and unfiltered. In most vintages the wines are not even racked off their lees which only adds to their natural style. These are truly remarkable wines but for most readers patience is the operative rule as they generally need a good 8-10 years to strut their stuff.Once moribund over the last 12 years this firm has become one of the reference points for nearly all the Rhone Valley appellations since the brash yet immensely talented Michel Chapoutier took over in the late eighties. The single vineyard offerings are as good as Rhone Valley wines can be. Moreover Chapoutier continues to upgrade the quality of those wines offered in more significant quantities than the 500 or so cases each of the single vineyard offerings.
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Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, February 2004
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... 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.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2001

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.