m. chapoutier, ermitage, le pavillon 2020
DECANTER
99
JEB DUNNUCK
100

2020 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.

Critics Scores

DECANTER
99

Decanter

This has that tell-tale touch of soy to the plum and blackcurrant fruit so reminiscent of this cuvée. Fluid and juicy on the palate, this has great intensity and salinity without feeling heavy or overripe. Plenty of sweet, ripe tannin and balanced acidity. Only medium-bodied, there's a touch of pepperiness on the finish, great freshness, harmony and balance. Sometimes a wine seems a bit too easy, a bit too effortless, and it can lull you into a sense that it lacks seriousness; this wine tries to do that, but I'm not inclined to underestimate it.

JEB DUNNUCK
100

Jeb Dunnuck

Another Hermitage that might top out the scale is the 2020 Ermitage Le Pavillon, which comes from the western side of Hermitage and the Bessards lieu-dit. All destemmed and still aging in 15% new larger barrels, it has classic granite-influenced cassis fruits as well as graphite, liquid violets, scorched earth, and powdered stone. Full-bodied, dense, powerful, and flawlessly balanced, it has perfection written all over it.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
100

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Chapoutier's 2020 Ermitage le Pavillon shows a more chiseled, defined structure than the other 2020s, suggesting greater potential longevity. This full-bodied effort is loaded with purple raspberries and cassis, but it remains tight and taut, showing fascinating tension and elegance allied to great depth and length. Impressive!

VINOUS
100

Vinous

A ripe, sexy, opulent Hermitage, the 2020 Ermitage Le Méal has lots of black raspberry, violet, spring flower, and cured meat-like aromatics. It shows its Méal origin on the palate, where it’s full-bodied, has a creamy, velvety, opulent mouthfeel, ultra-fine tannins, and one gorgeous finish. It’s certainly the most extroverted in the lineup, but it still brings plenty of focus, freshness, and structure.