Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Rhône
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'Coming all from the pure granite soils of the Bessards lieu-dit, on the western side of Hermitage, the 2018 Ermitage Le Pavillon is 100% Syrah that was all destemmed and aged 18 months in just 15% new French oak. This beauty has closed down since bottling and will need considerable bottle age, but it’s a beauty. Deep purple-hued, with a meaty, gamey bouquet of black and blue fruits, crushed rock, liquid violets, olives, and acacia flowers, this sensational wine hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a tight, backward mouthfeel, present tannins, and a great finish. As I wrote last year, this isn't for those seeking instant gratification and a solid 7-8 years of bottle age are warranted, but I suspect it will earn a triple-digit score at maturity and should have 40-50 years of longevity.' – Jeb Dunnuck, 98/100

'The 2018 Ermitage le Pavillon is a plush, full-bodied beauty that combines fruity notes of blueberries with savory notes of black olives and marries them together with rich, earthy notes. Almost creamy across the mid-palate, it finishes with soft waves of velvety tannins. I expect this will firm up a bit prior to bottling, then drink well for two decades. Drink 2022-2040.' – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 96-98/100 (Dec 2019)

'Suave, mineral- and spice-accented aromas of blackberry, cherry liqueur and pungent flowers show superb clarity and energetic lift. Sappy and penetrating in the mouth, displaying sharply defined black/blue fruit, violet pastille and spicecake flavors that turn livelier as the wine opens up. Finishes extremely long and minerally, with intense, spicy thrust, a repeating floral note and gently chewy tannins.' – Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 96-98/100 (May 2020)

'This is packed with dark currant, fig and blackberry paste flavors, carried by a sleek, racy structure that is nicely embedded from start to finish. Light red tea, dried anise and warm earth accents peek in throughout. Ends with a long, well-buried mineral note. Best from 2023 through 2038.' – James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 96/100 (Aug 2021)

'This is silky with real tannic finesse and while it doesn't have the intensity of some vintages it has beautiful balance and purity with sweet plum, violets and blueberry. It’s not as long as some but still displays that Bessards straightness of character. Will drink soon. Drinking Window 2022 - 2033.' – Matt Walls, Decanter, 96/100 (Oct 2019)

'Raspberry and blackberry, lots of tarry, elemental flavours on the palate. Very savoury, very dark and with a very dense structure that gives the palate a firmly furry finish. The classic muscle-flexing style of Hermitage! Drink 2028-2042.' – Richard Hemming MW,, 18/20 (Jun 2019)
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Michel Chapoutier
Blend information 100% Syrah
Drink to Long-term cellaring
Variety Shiraz / Syrah
Rating JD 98
Producer information Michel Chapoutier is the ultimate overachiever. Not only do his thrilling single-vineyard wines set the benchmark for the entire Rhône Valley, but he also produces some of the best value wines on the planet. With a 200-year history, wines from all corners of the Rhône and supreme quality throughout, Michel Chapoutier is the king of the Rhône Valley. Organic and biodynamic farming principles, together with traditional winemaking in top appellations, produce structured wines with long ageing potential. The wines tend to be generous, but each one speaks of its terroir and shows immaculate balance.
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