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5035 M.CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE LE PAVILLON 1999 750ml
5035 M.CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE LE PAVILLON 1999 750ml


 
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The opaque inky-colored 1999 Ermitage Le Pavillon (it actually smells of ink) is fresh yet powerful, thick yet not heavy, full-bodied, and bigger than life, with exquisite concentration and depth. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2040.

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The prodigious 1999 Ermitage Le Pavillon boasts creme de cassis aromatics intermixed with unmistakable aromas of ink. It is full-bodied and fabulously concentrated as well as powerful, with a finish that lasts for fifty seconds. This saturated black/purple-colored 1999 exhibits remarkable symmetry, purity, and overall massive size all juxtaposed with a sense of elegance and restraint. It is a monumental achievement. (eRobertParker)




Ermitage wines possess a rich historical past. They were appreciated as early on as Roman times when they were enjoyed (as well as Côte Rotie wines) under the name of " Vienne wines "and were later to be called " Saint Christopher's hillside wines " because of a chapel there bearing the saint's name. They were also to be known of as " Tournon wines ". The name of Ermitage probably first appeared in the XVIIth Century in memory of Henry Gaspard, a knight from Stérimberg : who having come back from the Crusades (in the XIIIth Century) and tired of waging war, lived as a hermite on a hillside which had been given to him by Anne of Castille, Queen of Spain. There he planted a vineyard. Alexander Dumas as well as the Tsar Nicholas II are among the many connoisseurs of this particularly highly estimated wine.

GRAPE
Syrah. The age of the vines (90-100 years) guarantees a very high quality production.

SOIL
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.

HARVEST
Grapes are hand-harvested to the limit of over-maturity. Due to their age, these vines give low yields.

WINE MAKING
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.

AGEING
The wine is matured in oak casks (with a 30% average proportion of new ones) between 18 and 20 months. The clarification is natural.

TASTING
COLOUR : deep garnet red with purple lights.
NOSE : tarry and smoky, raspberry, blackberry, walnut, liquorice.
MOUTH : complex, strong attack, velvety and balanced, long final, liquorice, tobacco, cocoa.
According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years, indeed from 50 to 75 years.

(by M.CHAPOUTIER)



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