Wines said to come from « organically grown grapes» can use the French « AB » (organic farming) logo. This means that we comply with “Organic Farming” specifications and that we do not use any chemical fertilizers, or chemical weed killers, or pesticides, or chemical fungicides. The French « AB » logo comes from the French Agricultural Ministry.
ECOCERT is an organic inspection and a certification organism founded in 1991 by agronomists for sustainable development, which aims to offer recognition to those who engage in this type of production. The ECOCERT’s principal activity consists in an inspection, in the field, of the respects of a standard’s demands (regulation, standard or specification). Then, ECOCERT issues a document which certifies the compliance of the products, systems or services with the standard. ECOCERT principally certifies food and food products but also certifies cosmetics, detergents, perfumes and textiles.
The ladybug (or ladybird), organic viticulture’s precious little helper, is the symbol used on all our wines produced from organically grown grapes. If you want to know which of our wines are “organic”, look for the white logo showing a little ladybug on a leaf.
Ratings "Le Pavillon 1999 Red"
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - 96/100
"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, but ultimately is less successful than the great 1998 or 2000."
Jancis Robinson - 18/20
""Very dark crimson. Rich and spicy on the nose. A little dusty on the palate but chock full of life. There's a biology lesson in here, it's so alive. Quite opulent and brazen. Maybe not the purest Hermitage but certainly very satisfying. "
Vinous - 93+/100
"Full medium ruby. Classic Hermitage aromas of dark berries and gunflint, with a suggestion of bitter chocolate. Concentrated, sweet and expansive, with inky and minerally components suggestive of the granite soil. Finishes with impressively ripe fruit flavor and huge, spreading tannins that take over the palate. From a crop level just under 30 hectoliters per hectare."
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
tarry and smoky, raspberry, blackberry, walnut, liquorice.
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.
Sommelier's advice: Beef, game All cheeses
Syrah. The age of the vines (90-100 years) guarantees a very high quality production.
Grapes are hand-harvested to the limit of over-maturity. Due to their age, these vines give low yields.
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.
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.
The wine is matured in oak casks (with a 30% average proportion of new ones) between 18 and 20 months. The clarification is natural.