2001, Chapoutier, Ermitage Pavillon

Hermitage, Rhone, France

(Priced at per bottle)

Score: 93-95

Drinking Dates: 2010-2030

Critic: Robert Parker

Tasted: 30-Jun-2003

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.