Since 1980, the amiable and enthusiastic Bernard Faurie has slowly built up his Domaine, with holdings in Les Greffieux, Bessard and Le Méal at just over 0.5 hectares to nearly two hectares. The wines are made traditionally, with 100% whole bunches every year, and are aged in used oak demi-muid barrels for 18 months before bottling. These are beautifully pure, wild, traditonally-made examples of Hermitage, being packed with aromas of violet and flavours of crunchy, powerful and spicy hedgerow fruit flavours. The Hermitage we buy is a blend of Greffieux, Bessard and Méal. Bernard is one of Hermitages true artisanal heroes. Long made he put off retirement!