Established in Tain-L'Hermitage since 1808, the Maison M. Chapoutier embodies the elite of the finest names in Rhône Valley wines today.
Over the years, winemaker and wine merchant, Michel Chapoutier has succeeded in elevating this family business to the top. Maison Chapoutier’s wines are recognised well beyond the borders by the finest connoisseurs for their refinement and their great quality. A man of many talents, Michel Chapoutier holds the world record for 100/100 scores awarded by the American critic, Robert Parker. Mathilde, Michel Chapoutier's daughter, has taken over this iconic house, which has over 350 hectares of vineyards in the most prestigious appellations of the northern and southern parts of the Rhône Valley.
This Ermitage Le Pavillon by M. Chapoutier is made from a parcel of about 4 hectares which is distinctive due to its atypical geology composed of a thin layer of sediments resting on a granitic subsoil. The grapes produced from this vineyard of old vines, 65 years old on average, are renowned for their high quality.
The vinification and ageing
These old vines are harvested by hand, on the verge of overripeness, to ensure a low yield. The grapes are 100% destemmed, then vinified in concrete tanks and undergo punching of the cap once or twice a day to ensure an optimal extraction. Maceration for 4 to 5 weeks.
Made exclusively from free-run wine, this plot-based cuvée is aged for 18 to 20 months in oak barrels (of which an average of 30% are new). Clarification is natural.
Mr Chapoutier's Pavillon 2000 is a 100% Syrah.
This wine has a purple colour with garnet tints and expresses seductive silky tannins and great delicacy.
M. Chapoutier's Pavillon 2000 can be kept in the cellar for several decades in order to express its full aromatic range.
Year in and year out, one of the three greatest Hermitages made is Chapoutier's Le Pavillon. The black/blue-colored 2000 Ermitage Le Pavillon is brilliant out of bottle. Notes of graphite, ink, licorice, creme de cassis, and minerals jump from the glass of this syrup of Hermitage. Full-bodied, unctuously-textured, gorgeously rich, spectacularly concentrated and long, it is a tour de force in winemaking. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2040. (I disagree, but Michel Chapoutier feels his finest three Le Pavillons to date have been 1991 followed by 1995 and 2000. I retain a preference for the glorious trilogy of 1989, 1990, and 1991.)