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.
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.
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.
The color is a straw yellow, with green tinges. This Condrieu has layers of amazingly powerful and complex aromas: violets, apricots, peaches, honey and dried fruit. On the palate, these exuberant flavors are rich, powerful, and highly seductive, with an unctuous texture and a mass of exotic fruit on the finish.
Asparagus, steamed fish in a butter sauce, lemon chicken.
Jeb Dunnuck: 91 POINTS
December 20, 2018, Jeb Dunnuck
“The 2017 Condrieu Galopine offers a clean, crisp bouquet of citrus blossom, tart tangerines, and honeyed limes. It’s clean, vibrant and fresh, with medium body, and has terrific acidity, all making for a forward, charming, straight-up delicious Condrieu.”
JamesSuckling.com: 92-93 POINTS
August 29, 2018, James Suckling
“The depth and punchy structure is impressive here. Aromas are very much in the apricot and peach zone with lightly spiced pastry. The palate is smooth, bright and juicy with a bold array of ripe-apricot flavors. Barrel sample.”
Condrieu AOC, The Rhone