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.
Soils vary from the granite subsoils of Hermitage Hill to the fluvialglacial alluviums of the south of the Crozes-Hermitage region.
Fermentation takes place at controlled temperatures in open concrete tanks.
A small portion of the wine is aged in barrels to give a touch of oak to the final blend. The rest of the wine stays in concrete tanks to preserve the fruit aromas.
Deep garnet in colour with fruity, cassis, plum and violet aromas. This is an ample, well-rounded wine with ageworthy tannins.
Best served with Game and grilled meats.
Wine Spectator: 91 POINTS
November 30, 2018, James Molesworth
“Light white pepper, bay leaf and savory notes start this off, while a light-bodied core of bitter cherry and damson plum fruit fills in slowly. Reveals a tangy iron thread on the sneakily long finish. Drink now through 2022.”
JamesSuckling.com: 90 POINTS
August 29, 2018, James Suckling
“A basic Crozes with ripe, dark plums and berries. Soft, ripe tannins and a light thread of mocha through the blackberry flavor. Drink or hold.”
Jeb Dunnuck: 88-90 POINTS
January 24, 2018, Jeb Dunnuck
“There are three Crozes-Hermitage releases. The 2016 Crozes-Hermitage Les Launes is the entry-level release, all from alluvial soils in the southern part of the appellation. Peppery herbs, violets and blackberry notes flow to a nicely textured, fresh, balanced Crozes-Hermitage that does well in the vintage.”