60 bottles only. Ivory capsule. 100% whole bunch (Faurie does not own a destemmer!) The Gréffieux vineyard sits immediately below le Méal. Here the vines were planted by Faurie’s great-grandfather in the ’20s and ’30s. A minuscule amount of this wine (50-100 dozen) is made each year, depending on the size of the harvest. We do very well to get the allocation that we recieve. As the name suggests, this comes from vines with their roots in both the le Gréffieux and les Bessards terroirs on the Hill of Hermitage. Les Bessards borders both le Gréffieux and le Méal, sitting to the west of both these terroirs. The Gréffieux component comes from the rockier (granite) seam of this vineyard and brings juicy, perfumed fruit which partners so well with the more structured, mineral-etched fruit of Bessards. Bessards is a steeply terraced hillside vineyard with a southwestern exposure; the soil is sandy gravel over granite bedrock. This terroir delivers both structural muscle and aromatic purity. The 2016 blend comes in at 60% les Bessards and 40% le Gréffieux, and the winemaking is the same as always: 100% whole bunch ferment in an old wooden vat; 18-21 day vinification, aged in used oak, this year one 600 litre demi-muid and one 228 litre used barrique. The wine is not fined and is bottled by hand.
“Deep ruby. Smoke – and spice-accented red and dark berry scents show excellent clarity and a sexy floral topnote. Offers concentrated but energetic black raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that become sweeter and pick up hints of candied violet and olive on the back half. Finishes silky, juicy and very long, with harmonious tannins coming in late to add shape and gentle grip.” 94 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous
“Clear, full red colour. Has an inky, immediate nose, raspberry fruit, strawberry jam, soaked cherries (griottes) present – it carries elegant sweetness. The palate gives bustling red fruits, good, clear lines of fruit, poise and likeable breeze. It carries real good verve, goes long, skips along, with flanks of suave, fleshy matter, good detail and definition. It’s a long way from the density of 2017, is articulate, springy, true Hermitage. Greffieux has its say in its suave feel. It finishes on cherry stone intensity, the aftertaste agreeably cool, needs time. Decant it.” () John Livingstone-Learmonth, Drink Rhone