Delas Frères Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Haute Pierre’

Rhône, France

Vintage:2016 (Current)

2015 (Current) | 2017 (Pending)

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Delas Frères Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Haute Pierre’ 2016

Reviews

The Wine Advocate

92-94 Points

October 31, 2018, Joe Czerwinski

“Full-bodied and rich, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Haute Pierre combines red and black fruits with hints of leather, allspice and clove to create a complex, seamless whole. It's not flashy, oversized or oaky, just a solid, foudre-aged blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah that harkens back to healthy traditions.”

Wine & Spirits

90 Points, Year's Best

October 2018

“Mostly grenache, with ten percent syrah, this is a spicy, rich Châteauneuf, with notes of fir, sage and rosemary adding freshness to the soft, sweet fruit. A crowd-pleasing style, it's a good fit for a holiday table, with roast turkey.”

Jeb Dunnuck

92-94 Points

August 28, 2018, Jeb Dunnuck

“Not yet bottled, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Haute-Pierre sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as a classic, traditional bouquet of ripe cherries, blackberries, sandalwood, and scorched earth. It's concentrated, has bright acidity, building tannin, and a great finish, all pointing to a wine that's going to need short-term cellaring yet keep for 10-15 years. It's a classic, superb wine from this team.”

Vinous Media

91-93 Points

July 2018, Josh Raynolds

“Deep ruby. Powerful, smoke-accented cherry and blackberry scents are complemented by suggestions of white pepper and pungent flowers and herbs. Palate-staining dark fruit and lavender pastille flavors become increasingly energetic as the wine stretches out. Smoothly blends power and energy and finishes impressively long, with sneaky tannins lending framework and final grip.”

Overview

Located between Avignon and Orange, wines from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation are among the most prestigious of the southern Rhône. These blended wines are made from grapes grown in the region's hills with very stony soil of varying depth. The soil is comprised of red sandy clay and quartz stones. The climate is the driest area of the Côtes du Rhône where the “Mistral” wind is predominant. The large round stones on the soil, act as a “storage heater,” soaking up the sun's heat during the day, then releasing it during the night. The Delas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge is a negociant wine made of grapes from growers with whom the winery has worked for decades.

Winemaking

After harvest, the grapes are crushed, destemmed and fermented in open cement tanks for ten days. Maceration lasts eight to ten days to obtain a high extraction of flavors and carbolic acid. After de-vatting and pressing, malolactic fermentation takes place in vats. The wine is drawn off under aeration, to enable natural stabilization to take place. It then goes into 60 hectoliter oak tuns for a period of 8 to 14 months.

Tasting Notes

The color is a deep garnet red. The nose of the “Haute Pierre” has strong spicy aromas that reveal a rich, powerful body that is delicate, yet has a tightly-knit tanninc framework. On the palate, the wine is rich and unctuous, revealing intense licorice-like flavors. It can easily be kept 10 years or more.

Food Pairing

Ideal with the traditional French and “Provencale” type-stews and meats.

Technical Information

Varietals: 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah

Soil Composition: Red clay and quartz

Suggested Retail Price: $60.00