2012, Chapoutier, Ermitage Pavillon

Hermitage, Rhone, France
Red

(Priced at per bottle)

Vintage
Size

Score: 100

Drinking Dates: 2022-2042

Critic: Jeb Dunnuck

Tasted: 30-Dec-2014

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.