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Robb Report: “Best of the best M. Chapoutier 2009 Ermitage Le Pavillon”

“Michel’s monolithic monovarietal reds, however, require no augmentation; his Hermitage wines display a dynamic natural acidity. In the 2009 vintage, his releases outshine all others from the region, but the M. Chapoutier 2009 Ermitage Le Pavillon ($365) stands out even among its stellar siblings. This 100 percent Syrah is made with fruit from vines an average of 65 years old. Broodingly dark in color, it tantalizes the senses with a floral bouquet of lavender and lilac. A flood of blueberry and raspberry fruit drenches the palate, leaving in its wake currents of anise, espresso, saucisson sec, leather, and black truffle. In 1791, when Jefferson described Hermitage as ‘the first wine in the world without exception,’ he might easily have been anticipating this release.”

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