"Aged entirely in barriques (25% new), the 2016 Ermitage le Pavillon shows only a hint of warm pencil shavings on the nose, beautifully setting up notes of fresh blackcurrants. Full-bodied, concentrated and plush across the mid-palate, it turns rich and velvety on the nearly endless finish, marked by savory notes of beef, licorice and espresso. If you wish to catch a glimpse of this wine's greatness, it would be no crime to open a bottle upon release, as I suspect it will close down for a number of years soon afterward."
100 points, Wine Advocate (November 2018)
"Very impressive, ripe, dark plums and blackberries with an array of fresh, sweetly fragrant, woody spices. Star anise and sarsaparilla in particular. The palate has thrilling, mid-palate intensity with powerful tannins folding around ripe, black-fruit flavors. From organically grown grapes. Barrel sample."
(95-96) points, jamessuckling.com (August 2018)
"Full purple. Heady, spice- and mineral-accented black and blue fruit, exotic spice, olive and incense aromas show superb clarity and pick up hints of woodsmoke, mocha and candied licorice with aeration. Sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering intense boysenberry, cherry liqueur, spicecake and cola flavors and a touch of salty olive paste. Deepens steadily on the strikingly persistent finish, which features polished tannins and resonating floral and blue fruit qualities."
(95-97) points, Vinous (June 2018)
"More structured and tannic, yet sensationally concentrated, the 2016 Ermitage Le Pavillon comes all from the broken granite soils of the Bessards lieu-dit and was brought up in just 30% new French oak. It gives up awesome notes of blue fruits, crushed rocks, graphite, and lit gunpowder. Rich, full-bodied, and incredibly massive and opulent on the palate, yet with serious amounts of tannins, extract, and depth, it's a tour de force and one of the gems in the vintage as well as a monumental Hermitage. Hide bottles for 5-7 years, count yourself lucky, and enjoy over the following 4-5 decades."
99 points, jebdunnuck.com (December 2018)
"Barrel sample. Yields of 10 hl/ha. Bright crimson. Very savoury and meaty. Really masculine and polished and pure Hermitage. Long term."
19 points, jancisrobinson.com (April 2017)
"Gorgeously pure black fruit on the nose and palate with a lifted black cherry and blackcurrant intensity. Firmly tannic, leaving a sticky grip on the finish. Hardcore, savoury, dense. Not an easy wine to taste young, but should give much greater pleasure with (lots of) bottle age."
18+ points, jancisrobinson.com (Novemeber 2017)
"Matured in 28% new oak for 20 months. Aromas of soy, plum sauce, blackberry and blackcurrant. Exceptional smoothness of tannin, very seductive, almost drinkable now. There's lovely purity and acidity running through to a long finish. Exceptionally pretty and pure, but powerful. A black stallion of a wine."
97 points, Matt Walls, Decanter (October 2017)
M. Chapoutier is a renowned producer in the northern Rhône valley, producing a diverse array of benchmark wines from the region’s most prestigious appellations. The Chapoutier family has roots in the region dating from 1808; however it is under the current leadership of winemaker Michel Chapoutier that quality at the estate has soared. Since taking over the family firm, Michel Chapoutier has overseen the dramatic transformation of the estate’s vineyards to biodynamic practices. Winemaking philosophy has also changed significantly with a more sensitive oak regime now in place to allow the wine’s character to show through. The wines are also bottled unfined and unfiltered. M.Chapoutier is famous both for the "téte de cuvées" wines from old vine vineyards including La Mordorée and Hermitage La Pavillon and its range of rare Sélections Parcellaires; celebrated single-vineyard wines from the Northern Rhone’s most site, the Hill of Hermitage.