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Those who say, "you'll never be content if you look for perfection" never had an opportunity to taste the 2016 M. Chapoutier Ermitage “Le Pavillon.” This wine is perfect, so you don't have to be. Continue striving for greatness because once you reach your pinnacle, you'll understand what Michel Chapoutier felt after he achieved perfection in this bottle.
The grapes are totally destemmed, before fermenting in concrete tanks. One to two daily treading's ensure a good extraction. The temperature of fermentation does not exceed 32°C. Maceration lasts between 4 and 5 weeks, to obtain a polymerization of tannins
Tasting Notes: 100% Syrah. In the glass, the wine displays deep garnet red with purple lights. On the nose, tarry and smoky aromas lead the way, followed by raspberry, blackberry, walnut, and liquorice. On the palate, the wine is complex, strong attack up front, displaced by velvet and balance, finishing with, liquorice, tobacco, and cocoa.
Enjoy this wine after a long fought productive day. This wine is a gift, fit for those who also strive for perfection. Give this impeccable bottle 60 minutes in a decanter before bestowing greatness throughout your palate. You will be greeted with trilling black fruits, savory undertones along with more depth and complexity than you've ever seen from a Northern Rhone Syrah.
Aged entirely in barriques (25% new), the 2016 Ermitage le Pavillon shows only a hint of warm pencil shavings on the nose, beautifully setting up notes of fresh blackcurrants. Full-bodied, concentrated and plush across the mid-palate, it turns rich and velvety on the nearly endless finish, marked by savory notes of beef, licorice and espresso. If you wish to catch a glimpse of this wine's greatness, it would be no crime to open a bottle upon release, as I suspect it will close down for a number of years soon afterward. ~100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More structured and tannic, yet sensationally concentrated, the 2016 Ermitage Le Pavillon comes all from the broken granite soils of the Bessards lieu-dit and was brought up in just 30% new French oak. It gives up awesome notes of blue fruits, crushed rocks, graphite, and lit gunpowder. Rich, full-bodied, and incredibly massive and opulent on the palate, yet with serious amounts of tannins, extract, and depth, it's a tour de force and one of the gems in the vintage as well as a monumental Hermitage. Hide bottles for 5-7 years, count yourself lucky, and enjoy over the following 4-5 decades. ~99 Jeb Dunnuck
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