Vinous 94 points - Opaque ruby. Aromas of boysenberry, blueberry, pipe tobacco, smoky spices and olive. Very rich but surprisingly energetic, offering sweet dark berry compote flavors and exotic floral and tobacco notes. The spiciness returns on the finish, which is sappy, impressively focused and extremely long. This has opened up significantly since bottling and looks very promising.
Wine Advocate 92 points - This has an extremely ripe nose, perhaps too ripe with prune-scents augmented by plum jam. Lacking the delineation of the Le Meal. The palate is extremely sweet and ripe with notes of red cherries, cassis and redcurrant. It just lacks the natural harmony of the other Ermitages but perhaps it will (Nov 2008)
Wine Spectator 94 points - Shows the zesty loganberry, raspberry and boysenberry fruit of the vintage with added depth and flesh, while black tea, pastis and briar notes fill in on the nicely grippy finish. There’s impressive depth all the way through. Drink now through 2016. 907 cases made. –JM
Made in a lighter style, but still a full-bodied, powerful wine, the dark purple-hued 2007 Ermitage Le Pavillon reveals aromas of creme de cassis, black truffles, cold steel, and crushed rocks. Dense and tannic, with good acidity, resounding richness, and a substantial finish, it is a top-notch effort that should evolve for three decades.
(Apr 30 2010)