Delas Frères Cornas ‘Chante-Perdrix’
December 20, 2018, Jeb Dunnuck
“Moving to the reds, the 2017 Cornas Chante Perdrix from Delas Frères comes from a mix of terroirs in Cornas and is brought up in tank. Its saturated, vivid purple color is followed by outstanding notes of black raspberries, cassis, crushed rocks, graphite, and spice. Pure, clean, focused, and polished, it picks up hints of Cornas-like black olive and earth with time in the glass, has medium to full body, ripe tannins, and a great finish.”
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.
All the grapes used in the "Chante-Perdrix" cuvée are picked by hand, plot by plot, at the time they reach their optimal maturity. The winemaking takes place in traditional, opentopped concrete tanks, after 3 days pre-fermentary skin contact at cool temperatures. The fermentation continues under computer 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 can be up to 20 days.
The color is an intense garnet red. In its youth, this wine has strong blackcurrant aromas. With time, the fruit aromas gradually fade, giving the way to hints of pepper and liquorice. The palate is structured and has the strongly-defined flavors that are typical from this “terroir.”
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
Suggested Retail Price: $54.99