A brilliant, deep red hue with lots of depth. The nose show great class, with soft aromas of blackberries and violets. Hermitage "Les Bessards" shows plenty of concentration in its fruit. This is a wine with a particularly dense tannic structure, and extremely good balance.
This wine pairs well with red meats, rare or medium cooked - game, marinated meats and spicy stews. It is recommended you open the bottle one to three hours before drinking.
"Even better and one of the top two to three wines in the vintage, the 2011 Hermitage Les Bessards (100% Syrah that spent 16 months in 70% new French oak) possesses an inky purple color to go with a fabulously rich, pure bouquet of smoked earth, ground pepper, underbrush and licorice that’s supported by awesome black raspberry and cassis-styled fruit"
The Wine Advocate
"A dark, muscular, slightly rugged style, with chunky-edged grip supporting loam, bittersweet cocoa, steeped black currant and charcoal notes, with buried acidity emerging on the finish. This should be tamed by cellaring as the smoldering edge settles into the background. "
"Glass-staining ruby. Deep red and dark berry aromas are complicated by suggestions of allspice and potpourri, with a subtle hint of pungent herbs. Sweet, penetrating black raspberry and cherry flavors are lifted by juicy acidity and pick up an exotic candied floral quality with air. Nicely balanced, spicy and pure, with excellent finishing energy.
Range: 91-93 Points"
International Wine Cellar