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Hermitage AC 2012, Les Greffieux-Bessards
  • 92. Hermitage AC 2012, Les Greffieux-Bessards

    Bernard Faurie

    100% Syrah (13.5% alc.)

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    Les Greffieux is a lieu-dit where the soils mix alluvial Rhône stones and decomposed granite from a granite base rock. Bessards, where the soil and subsoil are both granitic, provides structure and backbone. The vines average 80 years of age and produced a perfectly balanced wine in 2012 with great texture, raspberry and black fruit, iron, hint of black pepper and fine grained tannins. For drinking now to 2027.

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Winemaker
Bernard Faurie
Location
Tournon- Tain L’Ermitage, Greffieux, Bessards and Meal
Size of domaine
4 hectares in total (2.3 in St Joseph & 1.7 in Hermitage)
Grape
100% Syrah (petit serine) with an average of 60 years. Gobelet planted on 3309 rootstock. 7500 vines per hectare.
Terroir
Les Greffieux – alluvium + Rhône pebbles – planted in 1914 . Assemblage – LG (3/7) Bessards (3/7) (granite), Meal 1/7 (schist, alluvium, very complex soil giving powerful but fine wine). Elevation of 130 to 150 metres on a 30% incline facing south. Depth of soil between 10 to 60cms. Bessards tends to give wines with a lot of power/structure.
Viticulture
De-buds but does not green harvest. Works with horse and plough. Tries to keep maximum number of leaves to aid photosynthesis. Treats oidium with flowers of sulphur. Organic fertiliser applied in the winter. Manual harvest. Yield of 35 H/H.
Vinification
No table de trie. No destalking or crushing and natural yeasts. Uses 3 remontages a day for 5 days. Alcoholic ferment for 10-12 days in oak vats followed by a 16-21 day cuvaison. Max temperature 28-32C. Buscher press and press wine is assembled at the first racking. 10-15% new oak up to 6 yr old 600 litre barrels. Racked twice. Not fined but filtered lightly with small plaques. Bottles in January and April (19 months). We buy from the April bottling. Total production of 5,000 bottles.
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