100% whole bunch (Faurie does not own a destemmer!) The Gréffieux vineyard sits immediately below le Méal. Here the vines were planted by Faurie's great-grandfather in the '20s and '30s. Formerly known as "Assemblage", a miniscule amount of this wine (50-80 dozen) is made each year, depending on the size of the harvest. We therefore do very well to get the allocation we do. As the name suggests, this comes from vines with their roots in both the le Gréffieux and les Bessards terroirs on the Hill of Hermitage. The Gréffieux component comes from the rockier (granite) seam of this vineyard and brings juicy, perfumed fruit which partners so well with the more structured, mineral-etched fruit of Bessards. Bessards is a steeply terraced hillside vineyard with a southwestern exposure; the soil is sandy gravel over granite bedrock. This terroir delivers both structural muscle and aromatic purity. The 2014 blend comes in at 60% les Bessards and 40% le Gréffieux, at a balanced 13.5% alcohol. The winemaking hasn't changes for eons; 100% whole bunch ferment in an old wooden vat; 18-21 day vinification, aged in one used 600 litre demi-muids and one 228 litre used barrique, unfined and bottled by hand. The 2014 a wonderfully elegant rendition of this cuvée, which Faurie likens to a hypothetical blend of 12/13.
"(white capsule): Youthful violet. Vibrant red fruit, violet and mineral scents are complicated by suggestions of spicecake and woodsmoke. Silky and energetic on the palate, offering gently sweet, concentrated black raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of allspice. Zesty and focused on the strikingly long and penetrating finish, which is firmed by youthful, fine-grained tannins. 93-94 Points." Josh Raynolds, Vinous.