1996 Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Pavillon 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Hermitage/ Red / Syrah
1996 Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Pavillon

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International Wine Cellar | 92-94

Saturated ruby. Deep aromas of cassis, blueberry, game, woodsmoke and iron. Thick, powerful and gamey in the mouth; has the texture and thickness not yet shown by Chapoutier's '96 Hermitage Méal. Primal dark berry and violet notes. Explosive fruit on the very long aftertaste, which features huge, chewy tannins. Neither particularly sauvage nor especially austere. Should be a beauty with seven or eight years of bottle aging. A great performance for the vintage.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 82

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Tiny yields.Very dark blackish crimson. Sweet and the only wine here that seems at all marked by oak. Even though they apparently use only 50% new oak. Treacle toffee nose though bone dry. Very complete and evolved - much more developed than the Chave 1996. Slightly dry tannins on the finish. Not quite as assured as later vintages. But very sweet and smooth and polished. If you were very cruel and crude you might call this slightly 'American'.

Drink Dates: 2005-2017
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 96

The 1996 Hermitage Le Pavillon needs at least a decade of cellaring. The wine possesses a saturated black/purple color, in addition to fabulously sweet aromas of blackberries, framboise, blueberries, violets, roasted herbs, and meats. Massively concentrated and full-bodied, with staggering levels of extract, this wine is super pure, with high tannin, good but not intrusive acidity, and a 45-second finish. This is one of the superstars of the vintage in France! Importer: Paterno Imports, Lake Bluff, IL; tel. (847) 604-8900

Drink Dates: 2010-2050
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 121

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Wine Spectator | 94

What a silky wine. Lush and ripe, with elegance, it coats the palate with the finest, most velvety tannins, providing loads of pleasure with its mocha, plum, wild berry, grilled meat flavors. Full-bodied, with excellent intensity on the smooth, lingering finish. Delicious.

Drink Dates: 1998-2008
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson


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Score: 90
Author: hedben
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 01/02/2011
Drink Dates: 2015-2040
This is looking promising but needs time. Deep red hue,tannins.Too harsh now but once the tannins mellowed this can be great. Not really enjoyable now. Rating it 90 but with significant improvment potential
Score: 95
Author: thirsty boy
Tasted On: 07/02/2008
Drink Dates: 2007-2012
Drank with Pum and Kamon at the Pullman. Was a bit tight upon opening, but after about 2 hours in the decanter opened beautifully. Very full bodied, rich and dense without sweetness. Dark cherry essence lingered for ages on finish. Loved this.
More Vintages and Sizes of Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Pavillon:

1999 (750ml)
1998 (750ml)

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