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.
The soils are a combination of granite with alluvial quaternary delta deposits and Pliocene marl. This diversity explains the numerous names given to vineyard plots within the appellation: Bessards, Greffi eux, Méal, Roucoule, Beaumes, etc.
Slopes are south facing, exposed to the sun and sheltered from the Mistral wind.
Grapes are hand picked and fermented in traditional open topped concrete tanks. Daily pushing down and pumping over is carried out over 10 days.
Maturation takes place in French oak barrels.
Deep red in colour with a powerful and complex nose of blackberries, spices and leather. On the palate the wine is silky with a tight-knit tannic structure.
Red meats, game and spicy stews.
Robert Parker: 94 Points
“A blend of Syrah grapes from several lieu-dits, including Les Bessards. The 2015 is aged in new and second use barrels. It´s a dark, concentrated wine, meaty, rich and tannic but with a bright beam of cassis fruit that lifts it and gives it great definition and shape on the palate. Give this medium to full bodied wine at least 5 years in the cellar and drink over the next 15.”
Jeb Dunnuck: 100 Points
“Aged 18 months in 30% new barrels, its purple/plum color is followed by a huge nose of black currents, graphite, toasted spice, crushed rocks and saddle leather. Powerful, massively concentrated and tannic, it has a broad, expansive, heavenly texture, a thick mid-palate (you could almost use a fork for this beauty), and a great finish. Despite the richness level, it stays balanced and graceful on the palate, and is never over the top or heavy. It’s a perfect Hermitage”.
Hermitage AOC, France