Delas Frères Côtes-du-Rhône ‘St. Esprit’ Blanc
November 30, 2018, James Molesworth
“Plump and friendly, with notes of lemon verbena, yellow apple and white peach, gilded with honeysuckle details on the finish. Charming. Drink now through 2019. 6,556 cases made.”
The Wine Advocate
November 30, 2018, Joe Czerwinski
“The 2017 Côtes-du-Rhône Saint-Esprit Blanc is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Viognier, fermented and raised in stainless steel. It offers a complex mix of citrus, stone fruit and orchard fruit notes, a plump, medium-bodied palate and an attractive, fruit-driven finish. Drink this stupendous bargain over the next 6-12 months.”
The Côtes-du-Rhône Saint-Esprit Blanc consists of a blend of grenache blanc, clairette, bourboulenc and viognier varietals from the Right Bank vineyards of the Southern Rhône Valley. The Grenache adds structure to the wine while the Clairette and Bourboulenc contribute to its fine aromatic quality.
The climate is Mediterranean and bears the stamp of the “mistral” wind. This strong wind results from a difference in atmospheric pressures between the northern and southern parts of the Rhône valley. It is beneficial to the vine's growth. The region is also marked by seasonal rains, and hot, exceptionally sunny weather in the summer months.
Vinified through the traditional method, this Côtes-du-Rhône shows the strength of the terroir. The grapes are harvested at the peak of their maturity and acidity balance. After pressing and cold settling for a period of 24 hours, the musts are racked and fermented in stainless steel tanks at a maximum temperature of 64°F. Malolactic fermentation is avoided to preserve natural balance and freshness in the wine and to enhance its finesse. The blend is then stored in stainless steel tanks until bottling. Prior to the bottling, the wine is lightly fined and filtered to ensure perfect stability.
The Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc has a golden straw hue with green tinges. The main aromas are reminiscent of white flowers and yellow fruit, enhanced by touches of exotic and citrus fruit. On the palate, the wine is alert, seductively suave and fresh.
This wine pairs well with grilled fish, waterfowl or enjoyed as an aperitif.
Varietals: Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Viognier
Soil Composition: Granite
Suggested Retail Price: $12.00