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LVT 2019 r 2018 wh A prime STGT domaine. Bernard Faurie makes traditional red Hermitage from top quality sites such as Méal, Les Bessards and Les Greffieux - it is unhurried winemaking, the wines are natural, and take time to meld and blossom. The Bessards-Méal, involving two of the Big Three climats (L'Hermite the third) can be ***** wine, as it was in 2013 and 2015, and even ******, as it was in 2018, when it offered spectacular truth. The Hermitage Méal red is capable of hitting true heights (eg 2001). It is very classy. In 2015 Bernard introduced a Bessards red, the second bottling of which was a ****** wine, Grand Vin indeed. Its 2016 was ****(*), as was its very large scaled 2018, so it is one to note, even though only two demi-muid casks are made, a total of 1,450 bottles.

Until the transfer of his Saint-Joseph vineyards to his son-in-law Emmanuel Darnaud, based at Crozes-Hermitage, those were trusty local wines possessing the understated, nicely crisp red fruit of the area. The Vieilles Vignes Saint-Joseph red holds more tannin and can live for 8-12 years.

Over the years, the whites from Hermitage and Saint-Joseph have been variable - they could hit the mark, but also miss it. The recent white Hermitage (2016, 2015, 600-700 bottles) has been a tight, close-knit **** affair, reflective of its rocky origins. Bernard's last Saint-Joseph white was the 2012, his last Hermitage on the previous scale of production the 2012; thereafter he has worked less of his Hermitage vineyard, with son-in-law Emmanuel Darnaud due to take up some of it.

27 ave Hélène de Tournon 07300 Tournon

Tel: +33(0)475 08 55 09

Countries exported to:1) USA 2) GB 3) Belgium 4) Australia, Japan, Norway, Switzerland – before was 1) USA 2) GB 3) Japan

Percentage Exported: 75% for Hermitage

British Importers: Justerini & Brooks aka J&B, 61 St James`s Street, London SW1A 1LZ, +44(0)207 484 6400, www.justerinis.com Vine Trail The Poland Building Aardman Animations Gas Ferry Road Bristol BS1 6UN +44(0)117 921 1770 www.vinetrail.co.uk enquiries@vinetrail.co.uk The Wine Society Stevenage SG1 2BT +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com J Goedhuis London

USA Importers: Robert Chadderdon NY