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Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 750ML 2011
Sku: 34944
Product Rating
Critics Ratings:       (3)
Product Information
Country: France
Region: Rhone
Sub-Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation: Hermitage
Grape Varietal: Syrah
Type: Still wine
Reg. $213.39
Web Only Sale $157.39
Buy Delas Hermitage Les Bessards
Vinous 92 points - Opaque ruby. Potent blackberry, cherry-cola, licorice and mineral scents pick up a peppery quality with aeration, as well as notes of dark chocolate and pungent herbs. Shows excellent depth and energy in the mouth, offering sweet dark fruit and mocha flavors that are underscored and lifted by tangy acidity. The floral and mineral notes energize the incisive finish, which features supple tannins and a touch of fruitcake. (The 2010 Bessards is, unsurprisingly, still a baby, but it’s showing a suave, seamless texture and deep, sweet dark fruit character that is surprisingly user-friendly for such a young Hermitage. Don’t be deceived, though, as this wine deserves many more years of patience.)  (Mar 2014)

Wine Advocate 99 points - 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. Full-bodied, seamless and layered, with masses of sweet tannin and notable structure, this beauty bucks the vintage stereotype and will need short-term cellaring to become approachable. It will have 2-3 decades of longevity.  (Dec 2013)

Wine Spectator 94 points - 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. Best from 2016 through 2026. From France.óJ.M. (Nov 6 2013)

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