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1998 Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Pavillon

FRANCE / RHONE / HERMITAGE
  • 98 WA
  • 94 IWC
  • 63 JR
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 49915-1998-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Fresh ruby-red. Fruit-driven, very primary aromas of cassis, wild cherry, leather and pepper. Lush, rich and deep; showing more sweetness and texture today than the more backward Meal. This large-scaled wine has superb density and clarity of flavor. Finishes with big, ripe tannins and outstanding length. Perhaps more complete than the Meal.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2001
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 12

    Mid crimson and quite rich though horribly dry on the finish. Tannins overdone. Too dry and sandy. This was showing much more fruit and life when tasted in May 2004 when it seemed to glow with life. This may have been a bad bottle.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The 1998 Ermitage Le Pavillon flirts with perfection ... again. Revealing a striking bouquet of violets, blackberries, smoke, licorice, and minerals, it is luxuriously rich, full-bodied, and layered on the palate. It is a wine with a finish that lasts beyond a minute. Remarkably, yields were a mere 10 hectoliters per hectare. There is plenty of tannin in the finish, but it is ripe and well-integrated.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • This firm, founded in 1808, is the proprietor of 175 key acres of vines in five Rhone Valley appellations. Since the retirement of Max Chapoutier in 1989, his son Michel has revamped the winemaking process, and in doing so has elevated the stature of Chapoutier wines to rival some of the greatest in the region. The firm farms its vineyards biodynamically, and believes in the concept of monocepage, or the idea that each wine is produced entirely from a single grape variety. Chapoutier believes that blending mutes, rather than enhances, the character he seeks from his wines. Today the Chapoutier wines are considered benchmarks for the region, and other producers have begun to borrow the techniques and practices that Michel has been perfecting for nearly two decades. Perhaps Robert Parker, in his monumental book The World's Greatest Wine Estates, sums up the Chapoutier firm best: "A true biodynamically run estate since 1989, the objective has been to produce the purest and most natural expressions of terroir possible. Every decision is based on enhancing the characteristics of a wine's terroir, varietal character, and vintage trademark. In short, it is the earth that inspires this firm."

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    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 314 bottles owned
    • 70 collectors