Delas Freres Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Haute Pierre’
Vintage: 2015 (Current) | 2016 (Pending)
October 19, 2017, Jeb Dunnuck
“A big step up over the 2015, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Haute Pierre offers more fruit, depth, and length. Blackberries, black raspberries, crushed rocks, garrigue and peppery notions all give way to a rich, medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated Châteauneuf du Pape that solid purity, freshness, and balance.”
Located between Avignon and Orange, wines from the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation are among the most prestigious of the southern Rhone. 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 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge is a negociant wine made of grapes from growers with whom the winery has worked for decades.
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.
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.
Ideal with the traditional French and “Provencale” type-stews and meats.
Varietals: 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah
Soil Composition: Red clay and quartz
Suggested Retail Price: $60.00