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Bernard Faurie Hermitage, Geffieux Bessards, 2013

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Farming

Sustainable

Producer

Bernard Faurie

Grape

Syrah

Wine Type

Red

Country

France

Region

Hermitage AOC, Rhone

Vintage

2013

Alcohol

13.5%

Size

75cl

 

Les Greffieux is a lieu-dit where the soils mix alluvial Rhône stones and decomposed granite; Bessards, where the soil is granitic, provides structure and backbone. The vines average 80yo and produced a perfectly balanced wine with great texture. 2020 was the last vintage that Bernard has made so these wines will be come ever more sought after.

Notes on the producer

Bernard Faurie has just 1.7ha of very old petite sérine vineyards on the prime sites of the Hermitage hillside and is a local legend. He is an eccentric's eccentric, meticulous and fastidious (he rinses his pipette with a jet wash at least four times before drawing wine from any barrel). He has two full-time employees working his Hermitage vineyard, having divested himself six years ago of his St Joseph holdings to his son-in-law Emmanuel Darnaud. He uses no chemical weed killers, preferring to plough the soil using a horse.

Using tiny cellars underneath his house on the outskirts of Tournon, everything is done with fine touch in an unhurried way. He has always used 100% whole bunches for the fermentation and the oak regime of new to 6yo 600ltr demi-muids suits the wines perfectly. More than a few top growers in the northern Rhône have commented to us that they believe that in certain vintages Bernard's red Hermitage are as good as those of Jean-Louis Chave. They are prized wines that for now offer extraordinary value.

Les Greffieux is a lieu-dit where the soils mix alluvial Rhône stones and decomposed granite; Bessards, where the soil is granitic, provides structure and backbone. The vines average 80yo and produced a perfectly balanced wine with great texture. 2020 was the last vintage that Bernard has made so these wines will be come ever more saught after.

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