2009 Hermitage Les Bessards, Delas Frères

Critic score
Case, 6 Bottles
From a client
1 available


  • Region & country
    Les Bessards, Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
  • Maturity
    Ready 2016 - 2049
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2009 Hermitage Les Bessards, Delas Frères


Every bit as profound as the 2010, yet in a more voluptuous, lower acid, hedonistic style, the inky colored 2009 Hermitage les Bessards (aged all in new French oak) offers incredible intensity and depth in its black raspberry, toasted bread, graphite and spice-like aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, massively endowed and with a wealth of raw material, it has high, yet sweet tannin and a finish that just won't quit. Give it 4-5 years and drink it over the following 3-4 decades. Unfortunately, this is made in tiny quantities, but count yourself lucky if you were able to grab a few bottles of either the '09 or '10. Drink 2019-2049

Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com (September 2015)

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With an impressive female winemaker, Claire Darnaud, at the helm since 2010 (though with experience there dating back to 1996), and considerable investment in the cellar to move to the historic town centre, the wines here are some of the more refined in the region. Careful never to use more than 40% new oak, Claire is a master of her craft.