2013 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.
Racy and tightly coiled in feel, with a bright iron spine and tangy sanguine and pepper notes amid the core of cassis, bitter cherry and damson plum fruit. Shows terrific cut and precision. Minerality courses through the finish. Best from 2019 through 2030.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The star of the show in 2013 is the 2013 Ermitage le Pavillon. Coming from the west and eastern edges of the Bessards lieu-dit and aged in 30% new French oak, its sensational black/blue color is followed by the awesome bouquet of cassis, smoked earth, graphite and caramelized meats that could come from no other terroir in the world. Full-bodied, massive, dense, sexy and with a liquid rock-like character that comes out with time in the glass, it has sweet tannin and a blockbuster finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. It needs 5-6 years of cellaring and will have 30-40 years of more of ultimate longevity.