2001 Chapoutier Ermitage le Pavillon

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  • Syrah
  • 750ML
  • WA 95
  • IWC 95

Reviews for 2001 Chapoutier Ermitage le Pavillon

WA 95
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.
IWC 95
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.