Bernard Faurie raises his Hermitage in 600-litre demi-muid oak casks. He also uses a lot of chalk to keep up with events on his 2009. He retires soon, so stock up now.
THE FIRST RED 2009s TO BE FULLY ASSESSED ARE CÔTES du RHÔNE, VINS de PAYS, CORNAS and CÔTE-RÔTIE, CORNAS WITH TASTING OF ABOUT 40 WINES, CÔTE-RÔTIE WITH OVER 45 WINES, ALL IN CASK. I HAVE LISTED CORNAS DOWN TO *** AND CÔTE-RÔTIE DOWN TO **(*) STAR LEVEL. 2009 WINES OF LOWER RATINGS CAN BE FOUND USING THE SEARCH ENGINE STARTING AT *(*) OR **, FOR INSTANCE.
REVIEWED BELOW CÔTE-RÔTIE ARE 2009 WHITES - CONDRIEU 2009, CROZES-HERMITAGE WHITE 2009, SAINT-PÉRAY 2009, AND SAINT-JOSEPH WHITE 2009, MAINLY TASTED IN JULY 2010 IN THE NORTHERN RHÔNE.