Delas Freres Côte-Rôtie Seigneur de Maugiron
June 2018, Josh Raynolds
“Inky ruby. Intensely perfumed blackberry, earth and potpourri aromas are complicated by suggestions of olive, black pepper and candied flowers. Smoky, spicy and focused on the palate, offering subtly sweet dark berry and cherry flavors that become deeper on the back half. Shows impressive energy and solid punch on the youthfully tannic finish, which hangs on with strong, smoky tenacity. This bottling is made from roughly 70% Côte Blonde and 30% Côte Brune fruit.”
January 24, 2018, Jeb Dunnuck
“Moving to the Côte Rôties, the entry-level 2016 Côte Rôtie Seigneur De Maugiron has outstanding potential. Made from 100% Syrah all from mica-schist soils, its deep purple color is followed by classic darker berry fruits, peppery herbs, graphite, and lots of rocky minerality. It’s medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, and has enough tannin to warrant 2-3 years of bottle age.”
This very ancient region dates back to the Roman Era and is located on the right bank of the Rhône. This cuvée is a blend of grapes coming from the Côte Brune and the Côte Blonde vineyards. It is said that during the Middle Ages, “The Seigneur de Maugiron” gave a hillside to each of his two daughters - one was brunette and the other fair - thus, were born the names of “Côte Brune” and “Côte Blonde.” Wines from the Côte Blonde tend to be more delicate and lighter in character than the fuller wines of the Côte Brune. Together they make a wine of style and substance. The steep, terraced hillsides along the river produce wines that are among the biggest reds of France.
In the northern part of the vineyard, the Côte Brune consists of extremely steep, terraced slopes of ferruginous mica schists which are covered with schist sand (arzel).The Côte Blonde has a varied geology with gneiss and granite predominating at the most southern side of the appellation. The climate is tempered continental with dry, hot summers and regular rainfall during other seasons. The grapes for the “Seigneur de Maugiron” cuvée are picked by hand, plot by plot, at peak maturity. Fermentation takes place in traditional open-topped concrete tanks, following two days of pre-fermentary cold maceration. The maceration process continues under controlled temperatures of 82°F to 86°F (28°C to 30°C). Daily cap pushing down and pumping over are carried out for about 10 days with total vatting time of up to 20 days. The wine is aged for 14 to 16 months, in new or one year old oak casks. The barrels are topped up regularly.
The color is deep crimson. The powerful yet subtle nose of Côte-Rôtie “Seigneur de Maugiron” has black currant, red currant, licorice and smoky aromas, underscored with light woody notes. The palate shows a tightly knit tannic framework. The wine is well-balanced with a silky texture. It unites fine concentration with great delicacy.
This wine pairs well with fine meats, roast beef, water games, truffles and spicy stews. It is recommended to open the bottle one to three hours before serving and decanted if the wine has been laid down for more than five years.
Varietals: 100% Syrah
Wine Alcohol: 13%
Suggested Retail Price: $66.99