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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2003
Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2003
(search item no. 101249)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

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.

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About Delas Freres:

Founded over 160 years ago, Delas Frères was acquired by Champagne Deutz in 1977.

Delas Frères cultivates vineyards on the steep granite slopes of the northern Rhône, 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 Jacques Grange to epitomize finesse and elegance, recent Delas Frères vintages from the vineyards of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux have won renewed praise for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.