Red capsule. First introduced in 2015, this single-terroir Hermitage rouge comes from Faurie’s purest granite soils within Les Bessards. The plot lies close to the eastern border of Les Greffieux and was planted between the 1940s and 1960s (see the note above for more on the vineyard). In 2018 Faurie made two 600L demi muids (first used in 2012) and our wine was hand-bottled from one of these casks. Again, this is a deep yet wonderfully pure and perfumed Hermitage. The notes below sum it up well.
“Deep, glass-staining ruby. A deeply perfumed bouquet displays suggestions of mineral-accented dark berries, star anise, olive and peony, while a smoky nuance builds in the glass. Appealingly sweet and energetic, offering concentrated black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors that show very good clarity and mineral cut. Velvety, slow-building tannins add focus and grip to the finish, which hangs on with strong, floral-driven tenacity.” 95 points, Josh Reynolds, Vinous.
“Red cherry, raspberry feature in a stylish nose, unusual Bessards accessibility, but it carries rock smoke and hints of violet as per Bessards. The palate debut is voluptuous, oak-toast attached, a serious run of cherry fruit with lasting rock-stones close. This is wild wine – it’s a Bessards de la Noche, a friend of Serge Gainsbourg, keeps moving, a rolling splish splash either side of it, dispersed fruits over a wide area. This is a one-off; it should get together, but does demand time.” ****(*) John Livingstone-Learmonth, Drink Rhone.