It is always one of the finest of the appellation; a deliciously intense & complex Syrah with plenty of backbone and excellent aging potential (10 years will not weary it). Intense, crushed red berry and pepper aromas and flavours and plenty of firm, powdery tannins as per the house style. Lovely warm length. Ideally you would give this 5 years yet if you want to drink it young, give it at least 1/2 an hour in the decanter prior to serving.' Faurie's vineyard is in a lieu-dit (place name) called Dardouill, on the slopes near Mauve (so south of Hermitage). The soil here is very granitic giving the wine good, savoury structure. If you are looking for an introduction to classic, cool climate Syrah of the Northern Rhone, look no further. Only 300 cases made.
Since 1980, the amiable and enthusiastic Bernard Faurie has slowly built up his Domaine, with holdings in Les Greffieux and Le Meal at just over 0.5 hectares to nearly two hectares. Bernard is patiently awaiting the construction of a brand new cellar but for the meantime he has to make do with his current one that doubles up as a general storage area. This can often prolong tasting quite dramatically as Bernard scrambles over an assortment of objects from trampolines to tricycles in order to get from one cask to the next. However, his wild, typical and traditionally-made examples of Hermitage really make it worth the wait, being packed with aromas of violet and flavors of crunchy, powerful and spicy hedgerow fruit flavors. This State makes wonderful great wines, enjoy them while they're available.