1998 Delas Freres Hermitage les Bessards
Syrah - 750ML

  • WA 95
  • IWC 92

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2015
Another sensational wine was the 1998 Hermitage les Bessards, which was poured from magnum. Showing a touch of maturity in its rich, full-bodied and concentrated style, it offers lots of dusty minerality, cured meats... Another sensational wine was the 1998 Hermitage les Bessards, which was poured from magnum. Showing a touch of maturity in its rich, full-bodied and concentrated style, it offers lots of dusty minerality, cured meats, smoked earth and mulled spices to go with a core of currant and cassis-like fruit. Balanced, layered and elegant, yet certainly not lacking in depth or density, it's drinking beautifully today but will hold nicely for another 15-20 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2002
Bright ruby-red. Sappy aromas of black- and redcurrant black licorice and spices. Very intensely flavored and firm-edged with dark berry flavors complicated by herbal and peppery notes. Long gripping finish features... Bright ruby-red. Sappy aromas of black- and redcurrant black licorice and spices. Very intensely flavored and firm-edged with dark berry flavors complicated by herbal and peppery notes. Long gripping finish features slightly tough tannins. Very much in the more austere style of the vintage: the '99 is denser and sweeter.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 1998

Winery

Delas Freres

Founded in 1835 by Charles Audibert and Phillipe Delas, the celebrated Delas Freres winery grows 30 hectares of vines comprising 10 hectares in Hermitage (including the Domaines des Tourettes estate), 2 hectares in Saint-Joseph, and 18 hectares in Crozes-Hermitage.

In addition to the grapes produced by Delas' own wine growing team, Delas' close relationships with like-minded owner-winegrowers ensure that the company is able to source grapes grown on individual parcels, which reflect their own unique terroir.

Exclusively a family-owned operation for over a century, Delas Freres joined forces with Champagne Deutz in 1977. In 1993, Deutz and Delas Freres were approached by the Rouzaud family, majority shareholder in the Roederer Group. They joined the Roederer Group under whose umbrella Delas' philosophy continues to flourish.