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Domaine Chapoutier Michel

Rhône wine Domaine Chapoutier Michel Ermitage
Domaine Chapoutier
Ermitage
Le Pavillon
1996 
Notations : 
  • Robert Parker : 96 points
  • Wine Spectator : 94 points
245.00 €
Quantity 
Red wine
0,75 L
CARD-INDEX OF CELLAR
Area : Vallée du Rhône
Name : Hermitage
Type : Red wine
Grape variety : Syrah
Structure : Ample, Complex, Consistent, Length, Rich, Suave, Thick, Velvety
Families of flavor : Cuir, Fresh fruits, Mokka, Pepper, Réglisse, Spices, Tobacco
Conservation : A boire jusqu'en 2025
Temperature of service : 16°
Mets/Wines agreements : Carré de veau à la provençale, Chapon truffé en croûte de sel, Pigeonneaux farcis
Capacity : Bottle (0,75 L)
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Description :

The 1995 Ermitage Le Pavillon is magnificent. The wine is more accessible than the 1996 (due to lower acidity and more immediately accessible glycerin and fruit), with a magnificent black/purple color, and layers of cassis fruit, smoky, roasted meat, and mineral characteristics that are the result of barrel fermentation

Domaine Chapoutier Michel

Maison Chapoutier  Côte Rotie  

The huge shift in quality that came about is largely attributed to Michel. As is the case with many top winemakers Michel Chapoutier believes that great wine is made in the vineyard, not in the cellar, and so it is here that some of the most dramatic changes were made.
Chapoutier favours low yields, and eschew the Chapoutieruse of cultured yeasts. Most significantly, the domaine subsequently went entirely biodynamic. In the cellar, the handling of grapes was altered, with some cuvées undergoing 100% destemming, early temperature control during fermentation, long cuvaison and separate vinification according to terroir.

The press wine - frequently a source of harsh tannins - is not used. In order to make the whites more approachable in their youth aliquots of each wine undergo separate vinifications with one third in barrel, enamel and inox vats. Most importantly, the Chapoutier put an end to the excessive fining and filtration previously employed, and the top cuvées are now bottled without any fining or filtration at all. And for many appellations Chapoutier introduced super-cuvées, from selected parcels of old vines, some of which are of extremely high quality.

Overall, the Chapoutier style is intended to be approachable young, but with the structure to age. One aspect of the Chapoutier style that has come in for criticism is their use of oak. Michel in fact reduced the period of ageing in oak from two years to eighteen months, but of the barrels used up to one third are new, which can make for a very oaky impact on the wine.

Chapoutier owns plots that occupy a significant proportion of the hill of Hermitage, in a number of vineyards, including Les Bessards, Greffieux, Chapelle, Méal, Muret and Chante-Alouette. From these plots come a number of red and white Hermitage cuvées. The whites can be fabulous and include Chante-Alouette, l’Ermite, Le Méal and De l’Oree. The red cuvées include Pavillon, La Sizeranne, l’Ermite, Le Méal and a young vines cuvée Mûre de Larnage. There is also a Vin de Paille - a sweet wine made from dried grapes. In addition Chapoutier owns vines in Cote Rotie - source of La Mordorée and Les Bécasses.

   Maison Chapoutier  Côte Rotie

Notes de dégustation

Robert Parker : 99 points
"The 1995 Ermitage Le Pavillon is magnificent. The wine is more accessible than the 1996 (due to lower acidity and more immediately accessible glycerin and fruit), with a magnificent black/purple color, and layers of cassis fruit, smoky, roasted meat, and mineral characteristics that are the result of barrel fermentation and high extraction of fruit. It is huge, but not heavy, gorgeously proportioned, and dazzlingly well-defined. A monster Hermitage of immense proportions, it somehow manages to keep everything in balance. This backward Pavillon will require 10-12 years of cellaring. It should age well through the first half of the next century." (1997)

Wine Spectator : 94 points
"Beautifully defined and characteristic flavors of black cherry, spice, licorice and violets shine through this medium-bodied, perfectly focused red. Not a blockbuster, but it’s firm and crisp, and completely true to the appellation, marrying international-quality winemaking with authentic local character." (1997)

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