Delas Freres Cornas ‘Chante-Perdrix’
95 Points, Cellar Selection
September 1, 2018, Anna Lee C. Iijima
“Firm, penetrating tannins and deep mineral complexities frame concentrated flavors of black cherry and plum here. It's a ripe and muscular wine balanced elegantly with vibrant acidity and a lingering violet and sage perfume. Still taut, it should improve from 2025 and hold longer.”
April 1, 2018, Josh Raynolds
“Dark purple. Expansive aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, smoky Indian spices and olive, with a suave floral nuance that gains strength with air. Deeply concentrated but energetic as well, offering palate-staining blueberry and violet pastille flavors and building spiciness. Rounded tannins add gentle grip to a strikingly long penetrating finish that clings with strong tenacity.”
January 24, 2018, Jeb Dunnuck
“Moving to the 2015s, this is an undeniably great, great vintage from winemakers Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud. Starting with his single Cornas release, the 2015 Cornas Chante Perdrix is a big, rich effort that makes the most of this brilliant vintage. Loaded with notions of cassis, plums, saddle leather and barbecue smoke, it’s full-bodied, opulent and sexy on the palate, with sweet tannin. Drink this big, seriously textured beauty anytime over the coming 10-15 years.”
September 7, 2017, James Suckling
“Moody dark plums, blackberries and some stony elements. This is quite fruit-focused. The palate has a succulent, open-knit red plum and raspberry core. Drink now.”
April 1, 2017, Josh Raynolds
“Vivid purple. Blueberry, cherry pit and smoky Indian spices on the perfumed nose, complicated by notes of olive paste and game. Deep, sappy and expansive, offering sweet, nicely concentrated flavors of black and blue fruit liqueur and candied licorice. Gains energy as it opens up, finishing with lingering notes of candied dark berries and supple, slow-building tannins.”
The Wine Advocate
December 30, 2016, Jeb Dunnuck
“Moving to the reds and starting with the single Cornas release, the 2015 Cornas Chante Perdrix comes from three terroirs: Reynard, Champelrose and St. Romain, all of which are granite. It was completely destemmed and aged in a mix of stainless steel and barrels. Crème de cassis, toasted spice, barrique and hints of charcoal give way to a rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully fresh and focused red that has present, yet ripe tannin. It will keep for 10-15 years.”
The vineyard lies entirely on the commune of Cornas located on the right Rhône river bank. The Cornas wines have been invariably famous since the 10th century. They were served to kings, both in France and elsewhere. AOC status and improved quality have enabled the vineyard to regain its reputation.
The soils are varied, with odd alluvium deposits on steep, shale slopes that are held up by dry stone walls. The climate is mid continental, well protected and exposed to the sun by steep south and south-east facing slopes. This wine is a blend from grapes grown on various plots, all of them are facing south. All the grapes for the cuvée “Chante Perdrix” are picked by hand, plot by plot, when they have reached their optimal maturity. Fermentation takes place in traditional, open-topped concrete tanks, after three days pre-fermentary skin contact at cool temperatures. Fermentation continues at controlled temperatures between 82°F to 86°F. Daily cap pushing down and pumping over are carried out for about 10 days. The total vatting time is up to 20 days. Aging lasts between 12 and 14 months in oak barrels. Regular racking brings enough oxygen to allow the tannins optimum maturing.
Pair this wine with mixed grills such as wild mushrooms and spicy stews made with game. This wine needs at least three years of cellaring before it can open up its complexity. If kept for longer, the wine should be decanted before serving.
Varietals: 100% Syrah
Wine Alcohol: 13%
Suggested Retail Price: $54.99