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Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2003

Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2003

Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France

Price: $99.00
Item No. 101249
  • RP96
  • WS95
  • ST92
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Winemaker's Notes

The Hermitage "Les Bessards" is named after a sub-region of the Hermitage appellation, where the steeply terraced hillside vineyards have an excellent southwestern exposure. They also produce some of the world's most intense, dense wines from the rich Syrah varietal. Delas owns 14 acres in this prized region, which is a large amount by Rhône standards.

This unique cuvée illustrates the enormous potential of this incomparable vineyard. The wine has a deep red color. The nose is aromatic with scents of berries, currants and violets. Les Bessards is rich in the mouth with bold, yet silky tannins and concentrated black cherry/plum fruit. It's an exceptional wine with a firm structure that will benefit from long cellaring.

Critical Acclaim

"The luxury cuvee, the inky/blue/purple-hued 2003 Hermitage Les Bessards (4,200 bottles; 13.6% alcohol), exhibits a huge perfume of spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, licorice, and scorched earth. With superb richness, magnificent intensity, and a full-bodied, tannic finish, it will benefit from 5-10 years of cellaring, and should age for 30+ years."
96 Points

"Has lots of grip, with a very stony undertow carrying notes of wet pebble, sweet earth, licorice, coffee and fig. Pretty lavender and spice box hints flitter in the background as well. Dark and chewy on the finish for now, this needs time to settle into itself. Best from 2009 through 2030."
95 Points

"Medium ruby. Began youthfully closed, but with aeration this revealed deep, ripe aromas of dark cherry, plum, bitter chocolate, espresso and minerals. Firmly built and brooding, with flavors of dark berries, licorice and tobacco carrying through the finish. A big, almost hulking wine that will need some serious cellaring to gain complexity and definition. But this appear to have all the necessary elements.
Rating: 92(+?)"
92 Points

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Founded over 160 years ago, Delas Freres was acquired by Champagne Deutz in 1977. Delas Freres cultivates vineyards on the steep granite slopes of the northern Rhone, in some of the region's most prestigious appellations. Additional grapes are supplied through long-term agreements with southern Rhone growers dedicated to providing only top quality grapes.Crafted by winemaker...

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(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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