Year in and year out, one of the three greatest Hermitages made is Chapoutier’s Le Pavillon. The black/blue-colored 2000 Ermitage Le Pavillon is brilliant out of bottle. Notes of graphite, ink, licorice, creme de cassis, and minerals jump from the glass of this syrup of Hermitage. Full-bodied, unctuously-textured, gorgeously rich, spectacularly concentrated and long, it is a tour de force in winemaking. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2040. (RP)
Fantastic. A great Syrah, thick and rich and ripe, opulent and full-bodied, delivering layers of blackberry, subtle oak and toasty notes, some mineral, smoked bacon and grilled meat. Gorgeous finish. It's tempting now but will go on for a long time. Best from 2006 through 2020. (PM)
One of the Northern Rhône’s most prestigious wines is complete, dense and lush, with tons of spice and sweet oak. It’s not too heavy but it is definitely forward, and the fruit is pure, plummy and accented by amplified toast and coffee notes. Picks up character with every minute it’s open, which means it should cellar well for several years. (MS)
Saturated ruby-red. More reserved aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice, minerals, cinders and spices. Juicy and tight, with a varietally accurate raw currant character. Fresh, intense and structured for the year. Finishes very long, with firm tannins and strong spice character. 92(+?) points.
Matured in 50% new oak casks for 18-20 months, bottled without fining or filtration. Bright, dark crimson. Exotically masculine Hermitage perfumes – not just the leather but the cologne too! Great array of flavours in an as-yet-unintegrated whole. Well done… Opulent fireworks notes. 18.5+/20 points.
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