Le Pavillon 2011
Rhône Valley - Ermitage
Appearance: deep garnet red with purple lights.
Nose: tarry and smoky, raspberry, blackberry, walnut, liquorice.
Palate: 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
Grape variety/varieties: Syrah. The age of the vines (90-100 years) guarantees a very high quality production.
Harvest: Grapes are hand-harvested to the limit of over-maturity. Due to their age, these vines give low yields.
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.
Vinification: 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.
Alcohol content: 14