Wine Spectator 91 points - Solid, showing a lightly zesty, briary edge to the mix of plum, raspberry and pomegranate flavors, backed by tangy acidity. The briary edge emerges even more on the lightly firm, tobacco-tinged finish. Drink now through 2015. 50 cases imported.-JM
(Nov 15 2010)
Vinous 92 points - Dark ruby. A powerful, deeply scented bouquet displays cherry, blueberry and mulberry scents, along with notes of cola and licorice pastille. Lush, palate-staining dark fruit and violet flavors pick up smoke and black pepper notes with air. A sweet vanilla note sneaks in on the long, spicy, penetrating finish. This appears to be the most cellar-worthy of this year’s set of single-site wines.
Wine Advocate 93 points - The most concentrated 2008 Ermitage is Le Pavillon (915 cases). Backward as well as elegant, it offers up scents of blueberries, blackberries, camphor, black truffles and earth. The wine is medium to full-bodied, moderately tannic and, atypically, capable of lasting 20-25+ years. (Feb 2011)