2004 Chapoutier Ermitage le Pavillon
Syrah - 1.5L

  • WE 94
  • WS 93
  • IWC 93
  • WA 92

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, September 2007
This was Chapoutier's initial microcuvée of Hermitage bottled for the first time in 1989. The 2004 version is smoky and gamy accented by pepper and a hint of rhubarb but lush red fruit flavors take over on the palate... This was Chapoutier's initial microcuvée of Hermitage bottled for the first time in 1989. The 2004 version is smoky and gamy accented by pepper and a hint of rhubarb but lush red fruit flavors take over on the palate gliding easily across in a creamy mass that turns chewy on the finish. Drink 2010-2020. - J.C.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, August 2007
Shows a supertight focus with black currant plum and blackberry fruit harnessed by supple tannins dark cocoa and a buried minerality. The long finish really fleshes out nicely in the glass. Best from 2008 through 2017. -JM
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, February 2007
Ruby-red. Vibrant raspberry and cherry skin scents are enlivened by zesty mineral and floral accents. Structured and chewy with well-focused red fruit flavors excellent depth and a graceful silky texture on the finish... Ruby-red. Vibrant raspberry and cherry skin scents are enlivened by zesty mineral and floral accents. Structured and chewy with well-focused red fruit flavors excellent depth and a graceful silky texture on the finish. There's a striking and impressive mix of bright and rich tones here. This comes from the lieu-dit Bessards.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2007
All of the single vineyard Ermitages turned out as good as I had hoped possibly even better. In short they are among the strongest wines one could hope for in this vintage. The 2004 Ermitage Le Pavillon is outstanding but... All of the single vineyard Ermitages turned out as good as I had hoped possibly even better. In short they are among the strongest wines one could hope for in this vintage. The 2004 Ermitage Le Pavillon is outstanding but certainly not one of the most compelling wines Michel Chapoutier has made. It is dense dark ruby/purple and seems more austere and backward than the Le Meal but I still think these are 15- to 20-year wines as opposed to the normal 50+ that the top vintages of these single vineyard Ermitages produce. Dense with black currant fruit intermixed with licorice sweet blackberries and white chocolate this is an elegant mid-weight Pavillon that should be drinking well in about 5-6 years and last 15-20. -Robert Parker
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 2004

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.