Opaque ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and black fruits, exotic spices and candied flowers, and smoky mineral and succulent herb notes build steadily with air. Stains the palate with intense black raspberry, cherry preserve, licorice and violet pastille flavors that exhibit a compelling blend of depth and litheness. Steadily building tannins frame a strikingly long, finely detailed finish featuring star anise, floral and dark berry notes. 96 points. - Josh Raynolds, 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|
|Winemaking Practices||Minimal Intervention|
|Vineyard Practices||Minimal Intervention|