2011 m. chapoutier, ermitage, le pavillon
Why We're Buying
Even transcendent athletes like Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky can't match the dominance of M. Chapoutier. The winery has earned 41 100-point ratings from wine critic Robert Parker, the most of any wine producer ever. M. Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon accounts for a quarter of those ratings. Its ethereal syrah increased 38.8% in price from 2017 to 2021.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Even better and a prodigious effort that hits all my sweet spots, the 2011 Ermitage Le Pavillon comes from one of the top terroirs on Hermitage hill, the granite soils of the Les Bessards lieu-dit. Spectacularly perfumed, with raspberry, blackberry, licorice, toasted spices and assorted floral nuances, this full-bodied effort has massive depth and richness, no hard edges and masses of finely polished tannin that emerge on and frame the finish.
Densely packed, with dark plum, currant paste and macerated fig fruit, offset by a zesty edge. Briary tannins stride along with the copious fruit, revealing lots of spice and bramble notes on the finish. Very dense for the vintage.