2018 in the NORTHERN RHÔNE is a vintage of scale and power, the result of the high and prolonged summer heat. At HERMITAGE, a radical outcome was the BESSARDS of laissez-faire, gifted, old school BERNARD FAURIE weighing in at 15.2° - this is Wild Wine, BESSARDS de la Noche, a confrère of SERGE GAINSBOURG. Remember that BESSARDS is meant to provide the cool, granite-derived spine for any top grade HERMITAGE ROUGE.
There will be striking wines from the most noble terroirs, but I reckon that from lesser zones, wines may have dodgy balance. They will be ritzy and flashy, potentially to drink in their younger years.
Owing to my personal circumstances so fat this year, my review of 2018 NORTHERN RHÔNE, which would usually have started via a host of domaine visits during spring and early summer, has not yet got going. I hope that by the autumn, I will be in a position to leave home and hit the road.