2017 Delas Freres Hermitage les Bessards
Syrah - 750ML
2017 Delas Freres Hermitage les Bessards
  • WA 97
  • DC 97
  • WE 96
  • JD 95
  • JS 94
  • WS 94
  • W&S 93

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$189.94

In Stock: 0 btls
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Pre-Arrival: 22 btls
ETA: May. 2022

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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2019
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...   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  
DC 97
Decanter, November 2018
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...   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!  
WE 96
Wine Enthusiast, July 2020
Deep, undulating layers of cassis and mulberry are shaded by hints of cinnamon, charred meat and coffee bean in this hulking Syrah. It's a rich, plushly textured sip but gripped by a firm, penetrating frame of tannins...   Deep, undulating layers of cassis and mulberry are shaded by hints of cinnamon, charred meat and coffee bean in this hulking Syrah. It's a rich, plushly textured sip but gripped by a firm, penetrating frame of tannins. Stunning but a bit unwieldy in youth, it would be best cellared till 2022, but the wine will reward patience. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA  
JD 95
jebdunnuck.com, December 2019
(95+ points) Deeper and richer, the 2017 Hermitage Les Bessards comes from the crazy granitic soils on the western side of Hermitage Hill and spent 12-14 months in new and once-used oak. As with the Domaine des Tourettes...   (95+ points) Deeper and richer, the 2017 Hermitage Les Bessards comes from the crazy granitic soils on the western side of Hermitage Hill and spent 12-14 months in new and once-used oak. As with the Domaine des Tourettes, it has a fresh, focused, chiseled style as well as beautiful cassis, crushed rocks, graphite, pen inky, and bloody nuances. Rich, full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, yet tight and closed on the palate, hide bottles for 5-7 years and it should keep for another two decades or more.  
JS 94
jamessuckling.com, October 2019
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...   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. Try from 2025.  
WS 94
Wine Spectator, December 2019
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...   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. Best from 2020 through 2032. 345 cases made. — JM  
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits, February 2020
Jacques Grange makes this wine only in exceptional years; it’s a selection from the oldest vines of the domaine’s 25 acres in Les Bessards. The plot, with its south-facing exposition and granite soils, grows intense...   Jacques Grange makes this wine only in exceptional years; it’s a selection from the oldest vines of the domaine’s 25 acres in Les Bessards. The plot, with its south-facing exposition and granite soils, grows intense, concentrated syrah, which Grange emphasizes with a pre-fermentation cold soak and long maceration with daily punch-downs and pump-overs. The 2017 is still wearing its oak proudly, with scents of spice and cedar shavings dominating, but underneath there’s a wealth of fruit flavor, fresh and cherry red. While the tannins are already impressively smooth, this needs another five or six years in the cellar to knit together, and will likely last well for another 15.  
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

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.