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Delas Frères Hermitage les Bessards 2009

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"Delas's two luxury cuvees are both candidates for perfection. One of the vintage's greatest Hermitages is undeniably the 2009 Hermitage Les Bessards (a 900-case cuvee that comes from the estate's holdings in this famous Hermitage lieu-dit). Built like a skyscraper, it boasts a black/purple color as well as notes of barbecue smoke, burning embers, creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, white flowers and powdered rocks. Full-bodied, dense and enormous in the mouth with perfect harmony, this striking Hermitage needs a decade of cellaring and should age for 60+ years. Under the inspired leadership of winemaker/administrator Jacques Grange, who has carte blanche authority from the proprietors, the Louis Roederer/Deutz Champagne firm, Delas has been on a fabulous qualitative roll for over a decade. They have enjoyed some great successes, so it is hard to say 2009 may be the magnum opus of Jacques Grange, but it certainly looks fabulous...99-100" Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 2/11

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Delas Frères:
It has become quite commonplace to remind everyone that the best wines are more the result of work in the vineyards than of the winemaker's talents, however impressive these may be. And those who work in the winery and cellars have humbly gone along with that. But 2008 has underscored the necessity for true balance and complementarity between vineyard and cellar work. The growing season ... Read more
It has become quite commonplace to remind everyone that the best wines are more the result of work in the vineyards than of the winemaker's talents, however impressive these may be. And those who work in the winery and cellars have humbly gone along with that. But 2008 has underscored the necessity for true balance and complementarity between vineyard and cellar work. The growing season was not an easy one this year. Exceptionally high rainfall (650 mm up to the end of August) made for a lot of work in the vineyards, and imposed some limits on what we could expect. Fungal diseases that we thought were now limited to less favourable climates than the northern Rhône valley returned to our hillsides, locally causing considerable losses in crop. This also slowed down the maturation process, and, in some parts of the DELAS FRERES estate, veraison of grapes only completed around August 20th. This was the case, for example, in plots like Combe Clos, part of Domaine des Grands Chemins, the firm's latest acquisition. The first week of September will be remembered by all. A series of sudden, violent storms caused considerable damage, with very heavy rainfall (350 mm in the week). About 1500 cubic metres of soil were washed off the Hermitage hill, and numerous retaining terrace walls crumbled on our Domaine des Tourettes. The grapes were thouroughly washed, but luckily were not damaged as there was no hail and the berries did not burst. The fear of more storms with heavy rain motivated some growers to harvest at minimal levels of potential alcohol. This is where the winemaker had to step in firmly in order to calm things down and encourage the growers who bring in the grapes to wait. The fact of waiting longer for harvest, coupled with severe sorting of grapes, further reduced yields that were already low. The quantities brought in were below 25 hectolitres per hectare in our Hermitage estate Domaine des Tourettes, and 32 hectolitres per hectare at our Domaine des Grands Chemins, producing Crozes Hermitage red. Winemaking techniques can correct a certain number of deficiencies in the raw material, but there is no way of compensating for insufficient maturity. So harvest was very late this year. The first grapes (for white Crozes Hermitage) were picked on September 17th, and the last (for Cornas, and the Saint-Pierre vineyard) went into the tanks on October 11th. Taking such risks enabled DELAS FRERES to obtain good natural levels of alcohol, around 12.5°. This will facilitate winemaking choices and the production of wines that show good balance and remain true to their origins. Inevitably, maturity levels reached their highest in the oldest vines of Domaine des Tourettes, on the part of the hillside called « Bessard ». Here our syrah grapes produced potential alcohol levels of over 13°. Wine-making and ageing will be aimed at preserving as much fruit flavours as possible, as well as encouraging suavity in the texture of the wines. Use of oak will be even more sparing than usual. Read less

External Reviews for Delas Frères Hermitage les Bessards

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/06/2012

Inky violet color. Sexy, flamboyantly perfumed aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola, mocha and vanilla, with seductive notes of patchouli and violet. Dense and creamy in texture, offering liqueur-like dark fruit flavors and exotic floral pastille a... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Delas Freres Hermitage les Bessards 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/01/2011

Delas's two luxury cuvees are both candidates for perfection. One of the vintage's greatest Hermitages is undeniably the 2009 Hermitage Les Bessards (a 900-case cuvee that comes from the estate's holdings in this famous Hermitage lieu-dit). Built lik... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Delas Freres Hermitage les Bessards 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/19/2012

The most prodigious wine I have yet tasted from the Delas portfolio is the brilliant 2009 Hermitage Les Bessards. Its inky/purple color is followed by abundant notes of acacia flowers, blackberries, black currants, new saddle leather, roasted meats a... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Delas Freres Hermitage les Bessards 750ml



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"Delas's two luxury cuvees are both candidates for perfection. One of the vintage's greatest Hermitages is undeniably the 2009 Hermitage Les Bessards (a 900-case cuvee that comes from the estate's holdings in this famous Hermitage lieu-dit). Built like a skyscraper, it boasts a black/purple color as well as notes of barbecue smoke, burning embers, creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, white flowers and powdered rocks. Full-bodied, dense and enormous in the mouth with perfect harmony, this striking Hermitage needs a decade of cellaring and should age for 60+ years. Under the inspired leadership of winemaker/administrator Jacques Grange, who has carte blanche authority from the proprietors, the Louis Roederer/Deutz Champagne firm, Delas has been on a fabulous qualitative roll for over a decade. They have enjoyed some great successes, so it is hard to say 2009 may be the magnum opus of Jacques Grange, but it certainly looks fabulous...99-100" Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 2/11

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