Another perfect wine, the 2015 Ermitage Le Pavillon comes from the Bessards lieu-dit on Hermitage, which is pure granite soils. I've said it before, but will say it again, this is unquestionably the finest, most singular vineyard for Syrah in the world. Cassis, graphite, smoked herbs, liquid rocks and violet aromas give way to a huge, concentrated, opulent and off-the-charts beauty that just hints at its ultimate potential. I wouldn’t think about opening bottles for at least a decade, after which it will keep for 4-5 decades.
Surely a 100-point wine in nearly any other context, the 2015 Ermitage le Pavillon is a terrific wine. Full-bodied and intense, it offers tremendous notes of crushed stone, mocha and ripe plum given shape and texture by powerful yet ripe tannins. The finish is nearly endless, oozing with essence of granite and balanced by bright acids. Wow. (JC) 99+
Vivid purple. Powerful, intensely perfumed black raspberry, cherry liqueur, incense and licorice aromas, along with hints of star anise and vanilla. Sweet, penetrating and focused on the palate, offering deeply concentrated but energetic red and dark berry liqueur, floral pastille and succulent herb flavors that show outstanding power and definition. Smoothly plays richness and power off finesse and finishes extremely long and sweet; fine-grained tannins come in late.
The 2015 Ermitage Le Pavillon as usual brims with zesty raspberry, loganberry and blackberry fruit, though it's more typical brambly structure is particularly sweet and round in this vintage, while light bergamot and iron notes fill in on the finish. It's very refined for a Pavillon, with its energy more in reserve here than up front.
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