2002 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)

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Crozes-Hermitage, France, Northern Rhône, Red Wine, Rhône, Syrah

Fascinating wine. On night 1, it started out thin and rough with a chalky, almost CA Syrah-esque texture that I didn’t particularly care for. Over the next couple of days in the cellar, this opened up tremendously, and the fruit filled out, the texture got to be more silky and the fruit became perfumed and almost exotic. Lots of earth and olive tapenade/fig paste. Finishes strong. To think that this wine was made in the wash-out vintage of 2002 gives me pause on two counts. If this wine is as good a it is in 2002, how good a winemaker does Michel Chapoutier have to be, and I cannot help but wonder how good this wine must be in top vintages like 1999. I can highly recommend this wine.
 
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