I suspect the wine of the vintage will be the 2015 Ermitage le Pavillon, and while it’s normally a more forward, sexy wine than the l’Ermite, in 2015 it’s easily the most concentrated, structured and mineral driven of the lineup. Its inky purple/blue color is followed by to-die-for notes of blackcurrants, crème de cassis, graphite, liquid smoke and a liqueur of rocks-like profile that could come from nowhere else in the world than this steep hillside of pure broken granite. Full-bodied, concentrated, structured and tannic, forget bottles for a decade and enjoy over the following half century.
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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