Parker : 94+ / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Closed, tight and backwards, the 2013 Hermitage les Bessards is a big, full-bodied, burly wine that offers first rate purity in its black raspberry, ozone, liquid rock, and creosote-like bouquet. It has plenty of material and density, but will need 7-8 years of bottle age to become approachable. As normal, it comes all from the Bas de Coteau portion of the Bessards lieu-dit, was completely destemmed and saw 18 months in 30% new French oak.