Delas Freres   Hermitage les Bessards

2001 Hermitage les Bessards

By Delas Freres

2001 Hermitage les Bessards from Delas Freres, Rhone, Rest of the World

No stranger to befitting finesse and complexity, the 2001 Hermitage les Bessards from Delas Freres is a testament to exceptional winemaking that captivates even the most astute palettes. This Rhone classic is renowned for its distinct expression, bearing testimony to an exceptional vintage year that left an indelible mark on its myriad characteristics.

 

Unearthing the intricate tones of this prodigious vintage

Embodying the essence of its granitic terroir, the 2001 Hermitage les Bessards showcases an attractive nose of spiced plums and perfumed dark fruits embellished with secondary notes of leather and dried herbs. Its character is fortified by concentrated Syrah grapes, announcing itself with a profound depth suggestive of the stalwart nature of this monovarietal creation.

The delightfully nuanced layers are a clear reflection of its historical environs coupled with an extraordinary growing season that saw ample sunshine and just enough rainfall to nourish the otherwise arid soils.

 

Navigating through seasonal grandeur towards innovative investment avenues

The meticulously sculpted palate pays homage to an insistent minerality that brings forward black pepper and earthy undertones. Moderate tannins ensure defined structure and enduring vitality, nurturing potential for years to come. It’s this attribute, coupled with its remarkable vintage allure that makes the 2001 Hermitage les Bessards a beloved choice among seasoned wine investors.

The interplay of vintage subtleties and exquisite winemaking prowess at Delas Freres offers insight into the monumental potentiality locked within each bottle. Truly, 2001 stands as a remarkable year, a keynote in the symphony of Rhone's winemaking heritage. With consistent elegance and well-roundness, the 2001 Hermitage les Bessards is ever-resonating, signaling exciting opportunities for shrewd investors seeking outstanding provenance.

It is a harmonious medley of unique vintage conditions, painstaking craft, timeless ageing potential and elusive exclusivity that underlines the investment appeal of this world-renowned bottle. The 2001 Hermitage les Bessards by Delas Freres surely represents Rhone's vinous pedigree with an unalloyed conviction. Indeed, this is what exceptional wine investment is all about.

Market price (GBP)

£1,600.00

12x75cl

Highest score

93

POP score

123.08

Scores and tasting notes

93

A difficult vintage that yielded a lot of fresh, mid-weight wines with bright acidity, the 2001 Hermitage les Bessards has a clean, classic feel in its wood smoke, black fruits, cured meats and dried-herb bouquet. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, with both texture and freshness, it's fully mature but will hold nicely through at least 2025.

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 13 September 2015

Vintage performance