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Ermitage Le Pavillon, Maison M. Chapoutier 2020

Tasting Notes

Another Hermitage that might top out the scale is the 2020 Ermitage Le Pavillon, which comes from the western side of Hermitage and the Bessards lieu-dit. All destemmed and still aging in 15% new larger barrels, it has classic granite-influenced cassis fruits as well as graphite, liquid violets, scorched earth, and powdered stone. Full-bodied, dense, powerful, and flawlessly balanced, it has perfection written all over it.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2022

Chapoutier's 2020 Ermitage le Pavillon shows a more chiseled, defined structure than the other 2020s, suggesting greater potential longevity. This full-bodied effort is loaded with purple raspberries and cassis, but it remains tight and taut, showing fascinating tension and elegance allied to great depth and length. Impressive!

Joe Czerwinski, RobertParker.com, January 2022

Has that tell-tale touch of soy to the plum and blackcurrant fruit so reminiscent of this cuvée. Very fluid and juicy on the palate, this has great intensity and salinity without feeling heavy or overripe. Plenty of sweet, ripe tannins and balanced acidity. Only medium-bodied, there's a touch of pepperiness on the finish. Great freshness and balance. Perfect balance and so harmonious. Sometimes a wine seems a bit too easy, a bit too effortless, and it can lull you into a sense that it lacks seriousness. This wine tries to do that. But I'm not inclined to underestimate it.

Drinking Window 2030 - 2052

Matt Walls, Decanter.com, June 2021
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