2005 Hermitage Les Bessards Delas Freres



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£264.00

Average critic rating : 96.5 points

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Black/purple to the rim, the sensational 2005 Hermitage Les Bessards possesses a classic bouquet of graphite, licorice, creme de cassis, and a touch of background oak. Massive, even monstrous in the mouth with enormous extract, this is a 50-60 year wine. It is full-bodied, high in tannin, and should not be touched for another decade. It will keep through 2050+. As I have written many times in the past, this famous estate, which muddled along in the seventies, eighties, and early nineties, was reborn when its owners, the Deutz-Roederer Champagne enterprise, brought in the super-talented Jacques Granges, and gave him carte blanche to redo the cellars and elevate the level of quality. Since his first vintage, 1997, Delas has become one of the superb purveyors of high quality Rhone wine. I have enormous admiration for what Granges has accomplished. His most recent vintages, 2005 and 2006, have been brilliant and he continues to do a superb job with the white wines Readers should also know that Delas recently purchased 37 acres of vines in Crozes-Hermitage, so they will be augmenting their production from that appellation. The bottled 2005 reds include some interesting efforts from some of the better villages in the south. The Chateauneuf du Papes and Cotes du Rhones were reviewed in issue #173 (October, 2007). Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 175.

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Another monster wine is the 2005 Hermitage les Bessards, which comes all from the incredibly steep, pure granite soils on the western edge of Hermitage hill. Aged in 100% new French oak, it's overflowing with granite-like minerality and crushed rock, with background notes of graphite, smoked duck, blackberry, currants and charcoal emerging with time in the glass. Full-bodied, thick, massively concentrated and tannic, it still needs short-term cellaring, but will be a 50-year wine. eRobertParker.com.September, 2015

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