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Delas Freres Saint-Joseph Les Challeys Rouge 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

Soils consist of light schist and gneiss over granite bedrock. The climate is moderately continental, with hot, dry summers.

Winemaking

Grapes are hand picked at optimum ripeness and fermented in open concrete tanks.

Part of the wine is aged in barrels which brings a touch of oak character.

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

A rich, full-bodied yet sleek Saint-Joseph style. Raspberry and cassis fruit jumping from the glass, with undertones of herbs, wood spice and minerality giving a lovely savoury edge to the wine.

Food Pairing

Best served with marinated or grilled meats, stews, mixed grills, game or cheese.

Saint-Joseph AOC
Syrah: 100%
Cork

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