Delas Frères Hermitage Les Bessards

Rhône, France

Vintage:2020 (Current)

2018 (Past) | 2019 (Past) |

Tech Sheet Download Download PDF with Scores Download PDF without Scores

Delas Frères Hermitage Les Bessards 2020
  • JD 97+
  • D 96
  • WA 95-97
  • VFTC 95+
  • WS 95


Jeb Dunnuck

97+ Points

March 2024, Jeb Dunnuck

“The 2020 Hermitage Les Bessards is a behemoth, with palate-saturating levels of fruit and texture while it still stays pure, focused, and mineral-laced, with a classic Hermitage personality. Blue fruits, truffle, burning embers, sappy spring flowers, and liquid rock-like notes all define the aromatics, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, ripe, polished, yet building tannins, and a gorgeous finish. As with all of Jacques’ wines today, there's a certain polish and accessibility, yet this incredible Hermitage deserves 5-7 years in the cellar, and I'd be shocked to see it not have 30 years of overall longevity. ”

View From the Cellar

95+ Points

September 2023, John Gilman

“The 2020 les Bessards bottling from Delas Frères is a stunning young bottle of Hermitage. Like its Hermitage brethren in the cellar this year, it lists at 14.5 percent in the sunny summer of 2020. As Delas owns ten hectares of vines in the lieu à dit of les Bessards, this bottling is a selection of their oldest vine parcels and is only produced in top vintages. The wine offers up a deep and nascently complex nose of black raspberries, sweet cassis, pepper, roasted meats, dark chocolate, lavender, a great foundation of stony soil, cigar smoke and a deft framing of new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a rock solid core of fruit, superb soil signature, ripe, fine-grained tannins and excellent length and grip on the poised and seamlessly balanced finish. This is an absolutely great bottle of young Hermitage that will be very elegant once it is ready to drink! 2037-2085+.”

Wine Spectator

95 Points

February 28, 2023, James Molesworth

“Rock-solid, with a core of clearly defined red and black cherry compote flavors that bristle with energy, as apple wood, savory and anise notes sparkle throughout. A racy graphite spine drives the finish, where a long, lingering twang of iron plays out amid the fruit. Best from 2024 through 2038.”

The Wine Advocate

95-97 Points

January 2022, Joe Czerwinski

“Looking terrific out of barrel, the 2020 Hermitage Les Bessards boasts classic aromas of crushed stone, black cherries and cassis on the nose. It's full-bodied, perhaps a touch warm, but with wonderfully silky, rich tannins and a long, licorice-tinged finish. It should drink well for close to two decades.”


96 Points

September 30, 2021, Matt Walls

“Full-bodied, fine and tightly wound, but with a good sense of harmony and typicity. Stretching skywards, this is a tense, saline style but with sufficient fat around the bones to make for a long-lasting wine. You can really feel the granite. From their oldest parcel of lieu-dit Les Bessards, fermented in concrete, then aged for 12 months in new and one-year-old barrels.”


The Hermitage "Les Bessards" is named after a sub-region of the Hermitage appellation, where the steeply terraced hillside vineyards have an excellent southwestern exposure. Those vineyards produce some of the world’s most intense, dense wines from the rich Syrah varietal. Delas owns 25 acres in this prized region, a large amount by Rhône standards. This cuvée is a vineyard plot selection. The grapes come exclusively from the oldest plot within the renowned area of “Les Bessards” in the heart of the Hermitage slopes. This wine is only produced during the very best years and the production is deliberately limited to 6,000 bottles per year.


The soils are a combination of granite with alluvial quaternary delta deposits and Pliocene marl. This diversity explains the numerous names given to the various vineyard plots within the appellation: Bessards, Greffieux, Méal, Roucoule, Beaumes, etc. The vineyards are south-facing and protected from the north winds. The slopes are well exposed to the sun. Harvesting for “Les Bessards” is entirely manual and occurs when the grapes show optimum ripeness. Fermentation takes place in traditional, open-topped concrete tanks after two days of pre-fermentary skin contact at cool temperatures. Fermenting continues at controlled temperatures of 82°F to 86°F. Daily cap punching and pumping over are carried out for about 10 days, with a total maceration period of up to 20 days. Maturation lasts between 12 and 14 months in oak barrels, which are new or have already held one wine. These are regularly racked in order to provide the tannins with enough oxygen for an optimum maturing.

Tasting Notes

The wine is a brilliant, deep red hue with lots of depth. The nose shows great class, with soft aromas of blackberries and violets. Hermitage "Les Bessards" shows plenty of concentration in its fruit. This is a wine with a particularly dense tannic structure, and extremely good balance.

Food Pairing

This wine pairs well with red meats, game, and spicy stews. This wine needs at least three years cellaring before it can open up its complexity. After this time, it should be decanted before serving. It is recommended you open the bottle one to three hours before drinking.

Technical Information

Varietals: Syrah

Wine Alcohol: 14%