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Magnificent 2015s from the Northern Rhone Powerhouse: Delas Frères - 02/25/2018 - Rhone Valley

The demand of 2015s Rhones has been through the roof, but given the surrounding praise, it’s not hard to see why. One producer after another delivered their “A” game, crafting wines that wonderfully bold, expressive, and above all delicious. One estate that especially charmed that critics was Delas Frères. From top to bottom, their portfolio the wines are among the best from this estate, including including their superlative Hermitage bottlings from Les Bessards and La Landonne. Across the board, the wines are layer and complex with ample concentration, yet as the same time remain strikingly well balanced. Head winemaker winemaker Jacques Grange has beautifully captured the unique terroir of each individual site, crafting wines with a true sense of place. After stretch of modest vintages, the Rhone came roaring back in 2015 making a year not to miss. Given then press, points, and sharp prices, we expect these 2015s from Delas to move at a very fast clip. Go ahead and stock up, as these wines have the longevity to reward for decades to come.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2015 Delas Freres "Francois de Tournon" St-Joseph Rouge (Pre-Arrival) 93 48 $39.99 View
2015 Delas Freres "Chante Perdrix" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) 95 >100 $44.99 View
2015 Delas Frères "Sainte-Epine" St. Joseph Rouge (Pre-Arrival) 95 >100 $49.99 View
2015 Delas Freres "Signeurs de Maugiron" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 95 84 $64.99 View
2015 Delas Freres "Domaine des Tourettes" Hermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival) 97 22 $89.99 View
2015 Delas Freres "St. Epine" St-Joseph Rouge (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 95 21 $99.99 View
2014 Delas Frères "Les Bessards" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 94 24 $149.99 View
2015 Delas Freres "La Landonne" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 97 4 $199.99 View
2015 Delas Frères "Les Bessards" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 100 22 $199.99 View
2015 Delas Freres "La Landonne" Cote Rotie (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 97 5 $399.99 View
2015 Delas Frères "Les Bessards" Hermitage 1.5L (Pre-Arrival) 100 1 $459.99 View


2015 Delas Freres "Francois de Tournon" St-Joseph Rouge (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Both Saint Joseph releases are brilliant in 2015. The 2015 Saint Joseph François De Tournon comes vines around Tournon, Mauves, Saint-Jean-de-Muzols, and Vion, and is always destemmed and aged in 30% new barrels. This full-bodied, rounded, sexy beauty shows the power and fruit of the vintage. With classic notes of black and blue fruits, violets, incense and pepper, drink this textured, expansive, terrific Saint Joseph over the coming 10-15 years." (01/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Inky and concentrated, the 2015 Saint-Joseph Francois de Tournon is no easy-drinking Saint-Joseph. It's smoky, herbal and ashy all at once, yet it's buoyed by ample black cherry fruit and vibrant acidity. This medium to full-bodied Syrah has plenty of tannins, but they're ultimately silky and most apparent on the long, licorice-tinged finish. This is approachable now but should be even better in 3 years and should drink well for at least another 10 after that. (JC)" (12/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Dark ruby. High-pitched red and dark berry and violet aromas show excellent focus and pick up hints of cracked pepper and sandalwood with air. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering fresh black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of candied licorice. Turns sweeter on the penetrating, impressively long finish, which features smooth, even tannins and lingering boysenberry and floral qualities. (JR)" (04/2018)

92 points James Suckling: "Dark, fresh plum fruits and cocoa powdery complexity. A plush, concentrated palate with plenty of dark plum and plum stone flavor. Drink now." (09/2017)

2015 Delas Freres "Chante Perdrix" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

95 points Decanter: "Delas Frères was founded in 1835 and merged with Champagne Deutz in 1977. In 1993, both were absorbed by Louis Roederer which now owns this 30ha estate, encompassing vineyards in Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. Chante Perdrix is farmed by a partner grower, highlighting the quality fruit available to them. This single- parcel wine, made by Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud-McKerrow has spent 12 to 14 months in oak barrels. 15,000 bottles are made. Gearoid Devaney MS: Abounding with dark fruits, roses and spicy nuances, this is an intense style that shows fine ripe tannins and a solid middle. Great acidity and a mineral streak carry it onto a long finish. Simon Field MW: Full of liquorice and violet aromas. In the mouth there are elegant tannins and firm acidity. Modern, yes, but also respectful of its provenance and granitic reputation. Matt Walls: Liquorice, tarragon and mineral black fruits. Full bodied, juicy and ripe with balancing acidity. Lots of life and a lifted glint on the finish.Drinking Window 2019 - 2029. (panel tasting score)" (10/2017)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the 2015s, this is an undeniably great, great vintage from winemakers Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud. Starting with his single Cornas release, the 2015 Cornas Chante Perdrix is a big, rich effort that makes the most of this brilliant vintage. Loaded with notions of cassis, plums, saddle leather and barbecue smoke, it's full-bodied, opulent and sexy on the palate, with sweet tannin. Drink this big, seriously textured beauty anytime over the coming 10-15 years.Delas Frères is located just outside of Saint-Jean-de-Muzols and has plenty of prime parcels spread throughout the entire northern Rhône Valley. The 2015s are the finest wines Ive tasted from this estate since the 2010s, and if anything, the wines appear to be slightly more balanced and polished, with less obvious oak. The 2016s are less showy, yet have very classic, balanced profiles, and this is unquestionably another good vintage for this estate, which appears to be firing on all cylinders." (01/2018)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "This is pulled from a selection of parcels that Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud-McKerrow have been transitioning to organic farming since 2013. Their latest vintage is at once firm and soaring. The tannins define it, fine-textured but abundant, providing the tight structural integrity for the wine; they also provide direction for the juicy black-plum flavors, which power ahead, picking up notes of licorice and espresso beans, herbs and dark, rich earth along the way. That energy suggests theres plenty more to come with time; tuck it away for at least five years." (02/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Cornas Chante Perdrix is a blend of several parcels, vinified in concrete and aged primarily in oak. It's dark and concentrated, although admittedly not the most muscular Cornas. Black currant and cedar notes combine along with peppery hints of Montreal smoked meat to yield a savory impression. It's all held together by fine-grained, dusty tannins, which leave a lingering soft texture on the long, licorice-tinged finish. Already enjoyable, it should develop well for 10-12 years or more. (JC)" (12/2017)

93 points Vinous: "Dark purple. Expansive aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, smoky Indian spices and olive, with a suave floral nuance that gains strength with air. Deeply concentrated but energetic as well, offering palate-staining blueberry and violet pastille flavors and building spiciness. Rounded tannins add gentle grip to a strikingly long penetrating finish that clings with strong tenacity. (JR)" (04/2018)

91 points James Suckling: "Moody dark plums, blackberries and some stony elements. This is quite fruit-focused. The palate has a succulent, open-knit red plum and raspberry core. Drink now." (07/2017)

2015 Delas Frères "Sainte-Epine" St. Joseph Rouge (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Even better, with more minerality and elegance, the blockbuster 2015 Saint Joseph Sainte Epine comes from this cool, windy, granite site located just outside of the small village of Saint-Jean-de-Muzols. Destemmed and brought up in 40% new oak, its vibrant purple color is followed by full-bodied notes of black raspberries, cassis, crushed rocks, and spring flowers. Its concentrated, has awesome purity of fruit, and stays compact and tight on the palate. Hide bottles for 3-4 years. This wine should evolve for 10-15 years or more." (01/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Less aromatic than the François de Tournon bottling, the 2015 Saint-Joseph Sainte-Epine is nonetheless a stellar effort that may be even longer lived. It shows great concentration, pouring across the palate in a single jolt of dark fruit, expanding and intensifying on the powerful finish. Black cherries and plums carry hints of molten rock, charcoal and other inorganic complexities, which are brightened by crisp acids and buffered by firm tannins. 94+ points. (JC)" (12/2017)

91-93 points Vinous: "Bright violet. Deep-pitched aromas of ripe red and blue fruits are complicated by cola, anise and smoked meat accents. Sweet, seamless black raspberry, cherry liqueur and cracked pepper flavors smoothly combine heft and finesse and show no rough edges. Large-scaled but shows good vivacity and finishes on a gently tannic note, with very good clarity and persistence. (JR)" (04/2017)

92 points James Suckling: "Plenty of oak. A toasty, sappy and spicy edge, with peppery nuances and ripe blackberry fruits. The palate has slick, fleshy plum-flavored fruits with a core of ripe, plush tannins and a cola-flavored finish. Drink now." (09/2017)

2015 Delas Freres "Signeurs de Maugiron" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) ($64.99)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Côte Rôtie Seigneur De Maugiron is a little gem of a wine, and I suspect the finest vintage Ive tasted for the cuvée. Rounded, full-bodied, voluptuous, and impeccably balanced, it offers lots of spice, cured meats and black fruits, sweet tannin, and a great mid-palate. It has considerable elegance and purity, and is more sexy and approachable than the more structured Côte Rôtie La Landonne. It should keep for 10-12 years easily. If you want to check out the style of this estate, this is a great place to start." (01/2018)

93 points James Suckling: "Dark polished woody aromas with spiced, peppery dark plum and black cherry fruits, and stony, too. The palate has a smooth wave of ripe, plush plum, blakcberry and mulberry fruits. Tannins are velvety and ripe." (09/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Cote Rotie Seigneur de Maugiron is a blend of several parcels in the Côte Brune and the Côte Blonde, aged in new and second use barrels. It's less aromatic than many of its brethren at this point, but it does offer attractive red berry aromas bolstered by red and black fruit on the palate with hints of cracked pepper and smoke. It's a serious effort, with dusty tannins that suggest it will age gracefully for a decade or two. (JC)" (12/2017)

93 points Vinous: "Glass-staining violet color. Displays spice-accented aromas of ripe dark fruits, violet and cola, with an emphatic mineral topnote. Palate-coating blackberry and floral pastille flavors show excellent depth along with vivaciousness thanks to zesty acidity and bright minerality. The strikingly long, penetrating finish repeats the sweet dark fruit and floral qualities, harmonious tannins and a hint of allspice. (JR)" (04/2018)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "A selection from plots in the côtes Brune and Blonde, this is impressively fresh and juicy for all its smoky oak and dark-berry concentration. Its as if the tannins include air in their weave, allowing details of bacon fat and black olives, porcini and baking spice to show through." (02/2018)

91 points Decanter: "The dense inky hue reflects the intensity of the black cherry and bramble fruit. It is a flashy style with assertive oak. The palate is a touch volatile, but the firm tannins and long finish are in balance.Drinking Window 2020 - 2027. (MW)" (10/2017)

2015 Delas Freres "Domaine des Tourettes" Hermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A wine that competes with the best wines of the appellation, the 2015 Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes Blanc checks in as 100% Marsanne from two great terroirs: Bessards and Grandes Vignes. There are just over 300 cases of this elixir, which was vinified and aged all in barrel. Buttered citrus, white currants, crushed rocks and exotic flower notes all flow to a full-bodied, beautifully textured, layered, unctuous white that still glides across the palate. Its a sensational Northern Rhône white to enjoy over the coming 2-3 decades. Winemaker Jacques Granges continues to keep this large estate up with the crème de la crème of the Northern Rhône." (12/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Juicy, with a fun mix of green almond, creamed pear, lemon gelée, white peach and salted butter flavors that glide through. Light verbena and honeysuckle notes add lift on the finish, though this stays rich and broad overall. Drink now through 2035." (10/2017)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "While the Les Bessards gets all the attention, the 2015 Hermitage Domaine Des Tourettes isn't far behind and is unquestionably the value play. Beef blood, cassis, blackberry liqueur and loads of crushed rock nuances all emerge from this ripe, concentrated, full-bodied Hermitage that has a classic, structured profile. It's well worth a case purchase and will keep for two to three decades. As always, this cuvée comes from two parcels, the lower part of the Bessards lieu-dit and the Les Grandes Vignes located at the highest point on Hermitage Hill. Its completely destemmed and sees 16 months in 30% new French oak." (01/2018)

94 points Vinous: "Bright yellow. Vibrant, mineral-accented orchard and pit fruits on the perfumed nose, accompanied by a suave floral nuance that builds in the glass. Shows impressive depth as well as vivacity and lift to the fresh, densely packed orange, pear and nectarine flavors, which are supported by a spine of zesty minerality. The floral element comes back strong on the bright, sharply focused, impressively long finish, which leaves a chalky mineral note behind. (JR)" (07/2017)

2015 Delas Freres "St. Epine" St-Joseph Rouge (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) ($99.99)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Even better, with more minerality and elegance, the blockbuster 2015 Saint Joseph Sainte Epine comes from this cool, windy, granite site located just outside of the small village of Saint-Jean-de-Muzols. Destemmed and brought up in 40% new oak, its vibrant purple color is followed by full-bodied notes of black raspberries, cassis, crushed rocks, and spring flowers. Its concentrated, has awesome purity of fruit, and stays compact and tight on the palate. Hide bottles for 3-4 years. This wine should evolve for 10-15 years or more." (01/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Less aromatic than the François de Tournon bottling, the 2015 Saint-Joseph Sainte-Epine is nonetheless a stellar effort that may be even longer lived. It shows great concentration, pouring across the palate in a single jolt of dark fruit, expanding and intensifying on the powerful finish. Black cherries and plums carry hints of molten rock, charcoal and other inorganic complexities, which are brightened by crisp acids and buffered by firm tannins. (JC) 94+" (12/2017)

93 points Vinous: "Bright violet color. Dark berries, potpourri, peppery spices and smoky minerals on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy, penetrating and alluringly sweet, offering densely packed blackberry, cherry compote and violet flavors that are lifted and sharpened by a spine of juicy acidity. Supple tannins add grip to the impressively persistent, mineral-laced finish, which strongly repeats the floral note. (JR)" (04/2018)

92 points James Suckling: "Plenty of oak. A toasty, sappy and spicy edge, with peppery nuances and ripe blackberry fruits. The palate has slick, fleshy plum-flavored fruits with a core of ripe, plush tannins and a cola-flavored finish. Drink now." (09/2017)

2014 Delas Frères "Les Bessards" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($149.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The inky-colored 2014 Hermitage les Bessards (100% Syrah aged 18 months in 30% new barrels) is up with the top wines in the vintage. Deep, rich and concentrated, with beautiful crushed rock-like minerality, liquid violets, cassis, and black raspberry aromas and flavors, it's medium to full-bodied, impeccably balanced and has building, ripe, polished tannin. This beautiful wine will keep for two decades or more. Winemaker Jacques Granges continues to keep this large estate up with the crème de la crème of the Northern Rhône. (JD)" (12/2016)

94 points Vinous: "Dark purple. A powerful, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, candied licorice, olive paste, exotic spices and incense and shows a vibrant mineral overtone. Stains the palate with intense blackberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that deepen and pick up a sexy floral element with air. Shows a compelling marriage of richness and finesse and finishes extremely long, sappy and sweet, with youthful tannins adding framework. (JR)" (07/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This has solid ripeness for the vintage, with tasty plum, blackberry and anise flavors driving through, inlaid with a mix of bay leaf, white pepper and singed cast iron notes. Nicely integrated. A fresh swath of white pepper and savory checks in on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2030." (12/2017)

2015 Delas Freres "La Landonne" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) - 4 available ($199.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Côte Rôtie La Landonne from Delas is a seamless, gorgeously balanced Côte Rôtie that reminds me of the 2011. Offering classic notes of smoked meats, currants, graphite, chocolate and roasted herbs, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, plenty of polished tannins, and perfect balance. It's surprisingly accessible, yet has beautiful density and depth of fruit. It's more approachable than most vintages, yet will evolve for just as long given its purity, harmony and balance. This cuvée comes all from the schist soils of the La Landonne lieu-dit, in the Côte Brune side of the appellation, was completely destemmed and spent 18 months in 40% new French oak." (01/2018)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "With only about 100 cases produced each year, finding a bottle of the 2015 Cote Rotie la Landonne will prove much harder than drinking it. It's indeed a terrific wine but a bit closed and cedary at this particular moment, the 40% new oak standing out on the nose. But this cuvée has a long track record of excellence, so expect it to blossom with time in the cellar. It's concentrated and powerful but amazingly light on its feet, with firm, ample tannins that manage to convey a sense of ripeness as well. Tar, black olive, cassis and espresso elements all speak to the grape (100% Syrah) and the single lieu-dit origin. (JC)" (12/2017)

95 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. Heady aromas of candied dark berries, incense, olive and licorice are complemented by suggestions of candied violet and exotic spices. Supple, deeply flavored and lively as well, offering powerful blueberry, spicecake, salty olive and floral pastille flavors and a peppery nuance that builds with air. Finishes smooth, floral and extremely long, with lingering sweetness and subtle, slow-building tannins. (JR)" (04/2018)

94 points James Suckling: "Very impressive dark stony and peppery aromas with ripe blackberry and licorice. Attractive brooding style. The palate has a wealth of spicy blackberry fruit flavors. Plush tannins and a warming mocha-dusted finish. Drink from 2020." (09/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "La Landonne makes some of the most intense wines of Côte-Rôtie, thanks to its steep slopes, iron-rich soils and location in the cooler northern end of the appellation. This wine started with a three-day cold maceration extended into a ten-day fermentation in open-topped vats with plenty of pump-overs and punch-downs before aging in new oak. Its a mass of black cherry and plum flavor upholstered in the smooth, smoky sweetness of that oakplush and flashy, and built to last." (02/2018)

2015 Delas Frères "Les Bessards" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($199.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The top cuvée from Delas is the 2015 Hermitage Les Bessards, and it's always 100% Syrah from the steep, broken granite soils of the Bessards lieu-dit. Aged 18 months in 30% new barrels, its purple/plum color is followed by a huge nose of blackcurrants, graphite, toasted spice, crushed rocks and saddle leather. Powerful, massively concentrated, and tannic, it has a broad, expansive, heavenly texture, a thick mid-palate (you could almost use a fork for this beauty), and a great finish. Despite the richness level, it stays balanced and graceful on the palate, and is never over the top or heavy. It's a perfect Hermitage that will start to shine with 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for three decades or more. Bravo!" (12/2017)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "With approximately 500 cases produced, the 2015 Hermitage les Bessards is probably among the most available of the vintage's top wines. Jump on it if your means allow, as I suspect this wine will be a candidate for perfection once it sheds some tannin. It's perfumed on the nose, concentrated on the palate and amazingly long yet also elegant from start to finish. And amid the power, oak and massive cassis and blackberry fruit, it also manages to include hints of crushed stone evocative of its granitic terroir. It's breathtaking stuff, virtually guaranteed to bring a smile to any wine lover's face. (JC) 99+" (12/2017)

93-95 points Vinous: "Lurid ruby. Complex, expansive aromas of blackberry liqueur, incense, smoky minerals and Moroccan spices. An array of fresh black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors show impressive energy and focus. Picks up allspice and star anise nuances with air, along with a suggestion of candied flowers that carries through the extremely long, sweet finish; smooth tannins make a late appearance. (ST)" (04/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "The granitic Bessards character is strong here with dark slate and dark, lustrous blackberry and plum fruits on the nose. The palate has a swathe of fine, long and powerful, yet velvety, tannins. Oak is nicely integrated. Very fresh. A great wine. Drink from 2020." (07/2017)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "Delas Frères releases a wine from this patch of granite only in years the team considers outstanding. In 2015, the wine started with a two-day maceration before fermentation in open-topped vats; regular punch-downs and pump-overs further extracted even more flavor. It shows this extraction in its dark, inky scents and its sweet density; it feels thick in its concentrated purple fruit, with a full complement of oak from a year in new and one-year-old barrels. Rich and sumptuous, it telegraphs winemaking ambition and rarity. Only 6,000 bottles made." (02/2018)

2015 Delas Freres "La Landonne" Cote Rotie (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) - 5 available ($399.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Côte Rôtie La Landonne from Delas is a seamless, gorgeously balanced Côte Rôtie that reminds me of the 2011. Offering classic notes of smoked meats, currants, graphite, chocolate and roasted herbs, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, plenty of polished tannins, and perfect balance. It's surprisingly accessible, yet has beautiful density and depth of fruit. It's more approachable than most vintages, yet will evolve for just as long given its purity, harmony and balance. This cuvée comes all from the schist soils of the La Landonne lieu-dit, in the Côte Brune side of the appellation, was completely destemmed and spent 18 months in 40% new French oak." (01/2018)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "With only about 100 cases produced each year, finding a bottle of the 2015 Cote Rotie la Landonne will prove much harder than drinking it. It's indeed a terrific wine but a bit closed and cedary at this particular moment, the 40% new oak standing out on the nose. But this cuvée has a long track record of excellence, so expect it to blossom with time in the cellar. It's concentrated and powerful but amazingly light on its feet, with firm, ample tannins that manage to convey a sense of ripeness as well. Tar, black olive, cassis and espresso elements all speak to the grape (100% Syrah) and the single lieu-dit origin. (JC)" (12/2017)

93-95 points Vinous: "Dark purple. Potent smoke- and spice-accented aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, licorice and violet, enlivened by a zesty mineral element. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering deeply concentrated boysenberry and cassis flavors and suggestions of star anise, olive and allspice. The smoky quality repeats emphatically on an extremely long, sweet finish framed by smooth tannins. (JR)" (04/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "Very impressive dark stony and peppery aromas with ripe blackberry and licorice. Attractive brooding style. The palate has a wealth of spicy blackberry fruit flavors. Plush tannins and a warming mocha-dusted finish. Drink from 2020." (09/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "La Landonne makes some of the most intense wines of Côte-Rôtie, thanks to its steep slopes, iron-rich soils and location in the cooler northern end of the appellation. This wine started with a three-day cold maceration extended into a ten-day fermentation in open-topped vats with plenty of pump-overs and punch-downs before aging in new oak. Its a mass of black cherry and plum flavor upholstered in the smooth, smoky sweetness of that oakplush and flashy, and built to last." (02/2018)

2015 Delas Frères "Les Bessards" Hermitage 1.5L (Pre-Arrival) - 1 available ($459.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The top cuvée from Delas is the 2015 Hermitage Les Bessards, and it's always 100% Syrah from the steep, broken granite soils of the Bessards lieu-dit. Aged 18 months in 30% new barrels, its purple/plum color is followed by a huge nose of blackcurrants, graphite, toasted spice, crushed rocks and saddle leather. Powerful, massively concentrated, and tannic, it has a broad, expansive, heavenly texture, a thick mid-palate (you could almost use a fork for this beauty), and a great finish. Despite the richness level, it stays balanced and graceful on the palate, and is never over the top or heavy. It's a perfect Hermitage that will start to shine with 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for three decades or more. Bravo!" (01/2018)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "With approximately 500 cases produced, the 2015 Hermitage les Bessards is probably among the most available of the vintage's top wines. Jump on it if your means allow, as I suspect this wine will be a candidate for perfection once it sheds some tannin. It's perfumed on the nose, concentrated on the palate and amazingly long yet also elegant from start to finish. And amid the power, oak and massive cassis and blackberry fruit, it also manages to include hints of crushed stone evocative of its granitic terroir. It's breathtaking stuff, virtually guaranteed to bring a smile to any wine lover's face. (JC) 99+" (12/2017)