M. Chapoutier Ermitage le Pavillon 2004
Colour: Deep garnet red, with purple highlights. Nose: First: tar, slighly closed and smoky. Second: raspberry, blackberry, walnut. Mouth: Complex, strong attack, it is a round, elegant wine, soft with a long aftertaste of liquorice and tobacco.
This was Chapoutier's initial microcuvée of Hermitage, bottled for the first time in 1989. The 2004 version is smoky and gamey, accented by pepper and a hint of rhubarb, but lush red fruit flavors take over on the palate, gliding easily across in a creamy mass that turns chewy on the finish. Drink 2010-2020.
Shows a supertight focus, with black currant, plum and blackberry fruit harnessed by supple tannins, dark cocoa and a buried minerality. The long finish really fleshes out nicely in the glass. Best from 2008 through 2017.