Delas Freres is a winery of tradition and renewal. Founded 160 years ago in the heart of the northern Côtes du Rhône, the winery enjoyed the dynamism of its original founders and their heirs and more recently, the renewed energy of the Lallier-Deutz family, owners of champagne house, Champagne Deutz. Delas Freres and Champagne Deutz were acquired by the Champagne House of Louis Roederer in 1993. Andre Lallier retired from daily winery duties in 1996, and Fabrice Rosset, a 20-year executive with Roederer, has taken the helm at both Delas and Deutz. Today, the Delas wines are crafted by a panel of experts headed by winemaker Jacques Grange. Together, the team makes wines that have been heralded for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.
The Hermitage appellation is one of the greatest in the northern Rhône. Devoted primarily to the Syrah grape, about 331 acres of vines cover the region's steep slopes with an excellent southwestern exposure. At daytime, the sun warms the hill from dawn until dusk, while the gravelly soil radiates the day's heat during the night. The vigorous Hermitage wines, rich and powerful, were used to add substance to Bordeaux blends in the 18th century. Delas controls 25 acres in Hermitage, a major block by northern Rhône standards, where a patchwork of small vineyards has been painstakingly cultivated by successive generations of growers over the centuries. Maisons Marques & Domaines Importer
There is no problem understanding the 2009 Crozes-Hermitage Le Clos. Aged completely in small French oak barrels, it boasts a striking minerality, a wonderfully dense ruby/purple color and sweet notes of creme de cassis, black raspberries, licorice, crushed rocks and spring flowers. Full-bodied and dense, with some tannins still to shed, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and is capable of lasting two decades. Robert Parker
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