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Ermitage Le Pavillon, Maison M. Chapoutier 2012

Tasting Notes

Sharing some similarities to the le Meal (yet its from a very different terroir), with its full-bodied, decadent, heavenly profile that somehow stays pure, poised and elegant, the 2012 Ermitage le Pavillon (767 cases) offers an extraordinary perfume of cassis, raspberries, crushed flowers, powdered rock and smoked earth. Coming all from the granite soils of the les Bessards lieu-dit, which produces some of the most muscular, concentrated wines on the planet, this serious 2012 is more approachable than either the 2009 or 2010, yet certainly is at the same level of quality. Give it 6-7 years in the cellar and enjoy it through 2042.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (216), December 2014

The 2012 Ermitage Le Pavillon, which comes all from the granite soils of the Les Bessards lieu-dit, is the most complete of the Hermitage releases and offers that rare mix of decadence and elegance. Offering up notions of creme de cassis, black raspberry, liquid mineral, charred earth and crushed flowers, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, awesome concentration and a texture that's to die for. It will need 5-7 years of cellaring and evolve gracefully for upwards of two decades or more. Drink: 2018 - 2038.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (210), December 2013
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