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Delas Freres Saint Epine St Joseph Blanc 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

The soils consist of light schist and gneiss over a granite bedrock and the climate is moderately continental, with hot and dry summers, and normal rainfall for the rest of the year. Exposure is south and south-east.

Winemaking

This is a traditionally made wine. The grapes are harvested by hand and immediately pressed. The must is non-protectively handled (i.e. no use of dry ice and no sulphur until after ‘débourbage’). On the contrary, the must is hyperoxidized and left to settle overnight.

After a light ‘débourbage’, the wine is filled into one year old “allier oak” and left to ferment at its own pace over several weeks, letting the ferment increasing in temperature. A full malolactic fermenta-tion and a light bâtonnage contribute to adding amazing length and texture to this wine.

Tasting Note

The appeal of this wine lies as much in its unique balance between freshness and secondary aromatic complexity, as in its soft, velvety, yet dense texture and incredible length.

Food Pairing

Chicken with chanterelles, partridge in a light sherry sauce... Selected cheeses, as well...

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