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2009 Maison Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon
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About Maison Chapoutier

Maison Chapoutier, the first négociant and producer to mark their bottlings with braille, was established in 1879 by Polydor Chapoutier. The business has remained family owned since then and is now run by Michel Chapoutier. His hands off approach to winemaking has lead to a resurgence in quality at Maison Chapoutier, which now produces some of the finest wines in the Rhone region of France.

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2009 Maison Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon

Producer: Maison Chapoutier
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: France
Region: Rhone
Appellation: Hermitage

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95 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2012

Opaque purple.  Red and dark berry preserves and candied flowers on the seductively perfumed nose.  Juicy, deeply pitched black raspberry and blueberry flavors are complemented by notes of violet, rose and licorice.  Offers an uncanny blend of richness and vivacity, with a seamless texture and no excess fat.  Closes on a peppery note, with persistent florality.  I find this highly seductive wine surprisingly open right now.

97 Points | Wine Spectator
100 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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