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Bernard Faurie Hermitage Bessards Rouge 2019

Bernard Faurie Hermitage Bessards Rouge 2019

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Tasting Notes

Red capsule. First introduced in 2015, this single-terroir Hermitage rouge comes from Faurie’s purest granite soils within Les Bessards. The plot lies close to the eastern border of Les Greffieux and was planted between the 1940s and 1960s (see the note above for more on the vineyard). Again, this is a deep yet wonderfully pure and perfumed Hermitage. - Importer Note

Expansive aromas of ripe black/blue fruits, incense and potpourri, with subtle and exotic spice nuances building in the glass. Displays appealingly sweet, mineral-and spice-tinged cherry, boysenberry, spice cake, and violet pastille flavours that deepen though the midpalate and show sharp delineation and back-end thrust. Youthfully gripping tannins support a very long, penetrating finish that echoes the mineral and floral notes. 94-96 points, Josh Reynolds, Vinous

'Faurie is currently making the best wines of his career, which is now well into its fourth decade.' - Josh Reynolds, Vinous

Bernard Faurie has certainly cemented his status as one of the legends of the Northern Rhone. He is the fifth generation in a long line of Hermitage producers, who have owned vines on 'The Hill' since 1935. These vines are now well over 100 years of age, and produce wines of incredible transparency, even in riper years.

Bernard’s parcels are spread among three principal vineyards of Hermitage: Bessards, Méal, and Gréffieux. From these, he produces several single site cuvées, as well as blends across all three. He works his vines as naturally as possible, using a horse to plough, and makes wine in the classic manner - no de-stemming, whole bunches crushed by foot, natural fermentation, no fining and only a light filtration if necessary. The wines are aged for up to 24 months in predominantly 600 litre demi muids, with only 10-30% new oak, depending on the vintage.

It is nice to be reminded of how great this storied terroir can be in the hands of a master vigneron.

Product Type Wine Red Shiraz
Volume 750ml
Country France
Region Northern Rhone
Sub Region Hermitage
Winemaking Practices Minimal Intervention
Vineyard Practices Minimal Intervention