Le Pavillon, Rouge Ermitage 2017
“This is laden with warm, lush plum, cassis and blackberry puree flavors that glide through atop a loamy spine, adding anise, fruitcake, baker’s chocolate and worn leather notes through the finish. A seductive wine. Best from 2023 through 2038.”
– James Molesworth
APPEARANCE: Deep garnet red, with purplish highlights
NOSE: Tarry and smoky, raspberry, blackberry, walnut and liquorice
PALATE: Complex, strong attack, velvety and balanced, with a long finish of liquorice, tobacco and cocoa
VARIETAL: 100% Syrah
TERROIR: This plot has an area of approximatively 4 ha. It has given its name to this plot selection and has a particular geology. This soil is made up with sediments on a fine layer being on a granitic subsoil.
VINIFICATION: Grapes are hand-harvested to over-maturity. Due to their age, these vines give low yields. Totally destemmed, the grapes ferment in concrete tanks. From one to two daily treadings ensure a good extraction. The temperature of fermentation does not exceed 32°C. Maceration lasts between 4 and 5 weeks, to obtain a polymerization of tannins. Only the free-run wine is used for this single vineyard
Aging: The wine is matured in oak casks (with a 30% average proportion of new ones) between 18-20 months. The clarification is natural. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30-60 years.