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2017 Delas Frères "Les Bessards" Hermitage (Previously $160)

SKU #1449253 97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Fermented in concrete and aged for 14 months in new or one-year-old barriques, this wine is aerial and lifted with precisely delineated, resinous blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. It's not overly full in body, with a bright and vivid, precise, focussed palate showing real drive and thrust. Long, saline and very well balanced. Kapow! (MW) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Archetypal Les Bessards, the Delas 2017 Hermitage Les Bessards boasts rich, deep cassis fruit accented by hints of crushed stone and pencil shavings. It's full-bodied, ripe yet firm, with great energy, freshness and length on the spice-tinged finish. While relatively approachable young, it should age well for up to two decades. Tasted twice (once blind), with one bottle showing more peppery spice, red berries and cured-meat notes. (JC) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Hermitage Les Bessards comes from what I consider the greatest terroir on earth for Syrah and will spend 14 months in once-used barrels. Its inky purple color is followed by a sensational bouquet crème de cassis, blueberries, freshly crushed rocks (not far from ozone), violets, sappy herbs, and an incredible sense of minerality. Powerful, full-bodied, concentrated and structured, it doesn't have the sheer density or depth of the 2009, 2010, or 2015, but is balanced, layered, and has incredible class. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Brilliant purple. Deeply perfumed aromas of ripe blackberry, cherry liqueur and violet take on olive, fruitcake and incense nuances with air. Juicy and deeply concentrated, offering concentrated black and blue fruit, olive paste, floral pastille and spice flavors that become more energetic as the wine opens up. Marries richness and energy with a sure hand and shows superb definition on a strikingly long finish that features youthfully chewy tannins and building floral and spice notes. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is set in darker fruit tones with a rich and ripe plum and blackberry core, as well as graphite and sarsaparilla. Some hung meat and suave oak spices. The palate has very vertical, mouth-filling presence and a very bright, clear and vibrant style that delivers a long, sweetly spiced blackberry and black-cherry core. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A sleek, mineral-edged version, with black cherry and black currant puree flavors streaming through, laced with singed mesquite notes, a flash of iron and a lingering sanguine echo. Restrained in style but not lacking energy, delivering a nice piercing feel at the very end. (JM) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

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