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Chapoutier

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M. Chapoutier

"Michel Chapoutier's enthusiasm and commitment to exceptional, naturally made wines is a winemaking triumph, as well as a clear victory for all who care about the quality of wine."
-Robert Parker

While the estate was born in the early 19th century, the real story of the wines we see today began when Marius Chapoutier took the winemaking into his own hands; dissatisfied with what his neighbors were producing and with the faith he could do better.

In 1990, Michel Chapoutier quickly established his family’s estate, taking it to the top at the young age of 26. Old world coupled with biodynamics and a legacy of experience, gifts us with remarkable, unflitered wines we can enjoy now or lay down for at least a decade. Just in 2003, 88 of the wines were awarded 90+ points by highly acclaimed critics. Vintages to look out for: 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.

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1990
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1990
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1990
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Tasting Notes

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The 1989 Hermitage-Le Pavillon, which I have now had on four different occasions, is indeed one of the most extraordinary young wines I have ever tasted. It should last for 30-40 years. Only 600 cases were made. Yet I must admit that the 1990 Hermitage-Le Pavillon (also 600 cases) is as compelling as the 1989. It exhibits slightly less opulence, but more power and weight. Black-colored, with an extraordinary perfume of licorice, sweet blackcurrants, smoke, and minerals, it coats the palate with layer upon layer of decadently rich, super-concentrated, nearly viscous Syrah flavors. There is amazing glycerin, a chewy, unctuous texture, and phenomenal length. The tannins, which are considerable when analyzed, are virtually obscured by the massive quantities of fruit. I hope I live to see the day when Chapoutier`s 1990 Hermitage-Le Pavillon, Chave`s 1990 Hermitage, and Jaboulet`s 1990 Hermitage-La Chapelle are fully mature! What a trio of wines these three producers have produced from this historic appellation! My best guess for the aging potential of the Hermitage-Le Pavillon is that it is more forward than both the Chave and Jaboulet Hermitages, but should you have the good fortune to find a bottle or two, do not open it for at least 7-10 years. It should last for 30-40 years.

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