The luxury cuvee, the inky/blue/purple-hued 2003 Hermitage Les Bessards (4,200 bottles; 13.6% alcohol), exhibits a huge perfume of spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, licorice, and scorched earth. With superb richness, magnificent intensity, and a full-bodied, tannic finish, it will benefit from 5-10 years of cellaring, and should age for 30+ years.
|Score: 96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (163), February 2006|
The limited production cuvee of 2003 Hermitage Les Bessards reveals an inky/ruby/purple hue along with a smoky, creme de cassis, and scorched earth-scented nose. Notions of charcoal also emerge as the wine sits in the glass. Full-bodied, with marvelous intensity, purity, and density of flavor, this fabulous red possesses the vintage’s sweetness (from high glycerin) and “only” 13.6% alcohol. Firm tannin indicates 5-8 years of bottle age is required. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025+
|Score: 94/96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (156), December 2004|
The star of the lineup was the awesome 2003 Hermitage Les Bessards. Dense, pure and still gorgeously fresh, with blackcurrants, licorice, roasted meat and massive minerality, this full-bodied, layered and concentrated Hermitage is the real deal. Count yourself lucky if you have a few of these tucked into your cellar. It's still an infant and will have two decades or more of longevity.
This was a brilliant showing from Delas, and across the board the wines have superb fruit and texture, with mostly youthful profiles.
|Score: 97||Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (212), May 2014|
Tremendous depth of fruit right from the start, with layers of freshly crushed blackberry, fig paste and currant confiture, all carried by seamless, fine-grained tannins while truffle and cocoa notes fill out the background. Enthralling finish is stretched out by underlying minerality and exotic spice notes, but still remains firmly planted in its [i]terroir[n]. Drink now through 2030. 350 cases made.
|Score: 97||James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, May 2006|