M. Chapoutier Ermitage le Pavillon 2005
Wine AdvocateMy favorite of the 2005s from Chapoutier, the 2005 Ermitage Le Pavillon is a heavenly wine that comes from one of the greatest sites for Syrah in the world, the steep, granite-dominated hillside of les Bessards. Getting a bevy of expletives in my notes, this insanely good Hermitage offers classic notes of smoked meats, charcoal, liquid rock, burning embers, chocolate and cassis, as well as a thick, unctuous and massively concentrated style on the palate. Changing in the glass, with exotic aromatics, incredible purity and building, polished tannin, Syrah doesn’t get any better. Given the youthful profile here, I’m sure this will see its 50th birthday in fine form, but it still delivers plenty of pleasure today given its texture, purity and balance.
Wine SpectatorVery focused, with grippy, but streamlined tannins carrying dark currant, plum, coffee, mocha and mineral notes through a long finish. Zesty, wild berry and briar patch-filled finish. Should flesh out nicely in the cellar, as there is some real serious grip here. Best from 2010 through 2025.