1999 Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Pavillon 750ml

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WA 96   IWC 93(+?)   WS 92   JR 18   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

The prodigious 1999 Ermitage Le Pavillon boasts creme de cassis aromatics intermixed with unmistakable aromas of ink. It is full-bodied and fabulously concentrated as well as powerful, with a finish that lasts for fifty seconds. This saturated black/purple-colored 1999 exhibits remarkable symmetry, purity, and overall massive size all juxtaposed with a sense of elegance and restraint. It is a monumental achievement, but ultimately is less successful than the great 1998 or 2000.

Drink Dates: 2007-2040
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 140

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

($294) Full medium ruby. Classic Hermitage aromas of dark berries and gunflint, with a suggestion of bitter chocolate. Concentrated, sweet and expansive, with inky and minerally components suggestive of the granite soil. Finishes with impressively ripe fruit flavor and huge, spreading tannins that take over the palate. From a crop level just under 30 hectoliters per hectare.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 100

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

A balanced gem. Aromatically reserved and full-bodied, it unfolds mineral, wet earth and black fruit. Plenty of refined, ripe, well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Firm finish has a long aftertaste.

Drink Dates: 2003-2010
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

Just 700 cases. Subsection of Bessards. 50% new oak. Very dark crimson. Rich and spicy on the nose. A little dusty on the palate but chock full of life. There's a biology lesson in here, it's so alive. Quite opulent and brazen. Maybe not the purest Hermitage but certainly very satisfying.

Drink Dates: 2013-2025
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: Horms
Trust Rating: 19
Tasted On: 02/17/2013

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 93
Author: Edward C731
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/30/2015

Average rating: 93, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

518 bottles owned by 144 collectors.

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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."

See other similar producers: E. Guigal, Domaine Charvin

Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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