1996 Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Pavillon 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Hermitage/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

IWC 92-94   JR 17.5   Customer 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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 | Rating: 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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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 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

Rating: 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.

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About This Producer


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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