M. Chapoutier Ermitage le Pavillon Premier 2010
"The 2010 Ermitage Le Pavillon has a black purple color to the rim and an extraordinary nose of spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, lead pencil shavings, pen ink as well as hints of licorice and truffle. Great texture, amazing richness and off-the-charts extract levels make this a true connoisseur’s wine for those with patience...98-100" WA 12/11 "Vivid purple. Pungent, intensely perfumed bouquet displays black and blue fruits, violet, Moroccan spices and a hint of rooty sassafras. Sweet and lush on entry, then bright and intense in the middle, offering powerful blackberry and boysenberry flavors and suggestions of bitter chocolate and cola. Finishes juicy and very long, with outstanding energy and notes of allspice and candied dark berries...94-96" IWC 3/12
The name CHAPOUTIER is present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Polydor CHAPOUTIER was the first to begin to buy vines, thus moving from the status of wine-grower of an estate to that of a viticulturist, a wine producer and a businessman. The pioneering spirit was already present in the family.