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Delas Freres La Galopine Condrieu 2015

Producer Information

Founded 160 years ago in the heart of the northern Côtes du Rhône, Delas Freres today crafts world class wines from both northern and southern Rhône.

Tending the steep sloping vineyards, which total some 30 hectares of vines, the team adapt their growing practices to each plot of vines to let the terroir of the Rhône shine through in the wines.

Crafted by winemaker Jacques Grange (who is originally from Burgundy), the wines from Delas Freres epitomise finesse and elegance. Recent vintages from the vineyards of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux have bee lauded in the press for their intensity of flavour and excellent value.

Vineyards

Granite slopes rise above the river. The slopes are too steap to allow any mechanisation.

the vineyard has often been a victim of history and has almost disappeared on several occasions: first during the barbarian invasions, then in the days of the “Grandes Compagnies”, (in the 17th and 18th centuries) and, more recently, at the end of the 19th century, with the phylloxera infestation. Well before the modern period, the trading port of Condrieu and its river fleet carried the reputation of its wines far and wide.

 

Winemaking

Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled vats to make the most of the complex aromatics of the viognier variety. A maxiumum of 20% is fermented in new oak casks.

The wine is aged on the fine lees to improve the texture and richness of the wine, while always preserving the natural aromatics of the varietal.

Vintage Information

2015 was a very early vintage. Nevertheless, night time temperatures were low over the weeks leading up to the harvest and the end of the ripening period was quite slow.

Thanks to the dry soils, the vineyards were not affected by the heavy rainfall on the weekend of the 12th of September. The grapes from the low-lying vineyards were more fragile and had already been picked before the rainy spell.

The 2015 vintage is reminiscent of great years such as 1989, 1990 and more recently the 2009 vintage, but with more elegance.

Tasting Note

Straw yellow in colour with aromas of violets, apricots, peach, honey and exotic fruit.

Food Pairing

Delicious with fish in a lemon butter sauce and fresh asparagus.

Condrieu AOC, The Rhone
100% Viognier
Cork

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