Type: Ermitage “Le Pavillon”
Grape Variety Used: 100% Syrah
Alcohol Level: 14%
Length/Type of Fermentation: Grapes are harvested when they are just beyond peak maturity. Due to their age, these wines give very low yields. The grapes ferment in open wooden vats after total destemming. One to two daily punch downs ensure a good extraction of the tannins. Maceration lasts 4 to 5 weeks.
Length/Type of Aging: Maturing in oak casks (50% new) during 18 to 20 months.
Unlike Burgundy and Bordeaux, the Rhône does not have an official cru (vineyard) classification system. There are, however, lieux-dits, “named places” or place names that denote vineyard sites and plots within each appellation. Chapoutier owns some of the most famous plots in the Rhône, including 34 hectares within the tiny Hermitage appellation. This collection of highly sought after wines is coined “Selections Parcellaires”. These exceptional wines are created organically and biodinamically and imported to the United States once per year.
This rarity (only 600 cases produced annually, from 4 hectares) comes form the granite soils of the lieu-dit Les Bessards. Its vines are positioned at a lower-altitude band of the Hermitage hill, at approximately 130 meters, above the ruins of a stone house which gives it its name. The tiny yields here (20 HL/HA) and a fermentation regimen of avoiding stem contact in a 24-28 day maceration, make this a deep, brooding, yet supple wine. Its aging capacity is easily 80-100 years, but its style is much more approachable than the traditional wines from this parcel. It has taken the lead postion as M. Chapoutier’s vintage statement for well over a decade.