Delas Frères Crozes Hermitage ‘Domaine des Grands Chemins’
Wine & Spirits
“Delas Frères acquired this 50-acre vineyard in 2006, the parcels planted on the river benches along Le Chassis, where the Isère meets the Rhône. Jacques Grange has fine-tuned the winemaking as the team has come to know the vineyard; this wine is a selection from 17 acres picked parcel by parcel. Vinified in open cement tanks, the wine ages for 14 months in a combination of tanks and used Burgundy barrels. The 2016 is immediately inviting, as fresh as just-pressed berries; with time in the glass, the tannins rise to meet the fruit, creating a fine weave of earthy flavor and soaring, floral red fruit. It’s young and vibrant, suited to drink now or to cellar.”
December 20, 2018, Jeb Dunnuck
“All from an estate in Crozes Hermitage (which is owned by Delas Frères), the 2016 Crozes Hermitage Domaine Des Grands Chemins offers a slightly more straightforward profile yet is still a beautiful wine. Blackberries, black cherries, crushed rocks, and peppery notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, elegant red that has obvious minerality, good density, and a tight, clean, pure style that's going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age. This cuvée was brought up in a combination of tank and used smaller barrels.”
November 30, 2018, James Molesworth
“Delightful red and black cherry fruit bounces through, flecked with anise details and a light black tea hint. A fine chalky edge guides the finish while the fruit plays out. Drink now through 2022. 3,978 cases made.”
August 29, 2018, James Suckling
“There’s approachable charm here. The aromas of blackberries and blueberries are nicely cut and cloaked in spice, leading to a crunchy, boldly grainy palate. Punchy Crozes. Drink or hold.”
June 2018, Josh Raynolds
“Brilliant violet. Ripe cherry and blueberry on the perfumed nose. Mocha, licorice and olive nuances appear with air and add complexity to sweet, nicely concentrated black and blue fruit flavors. Clings well on the gently tannic finish, showing no rough edges and leaving blue fruit and spicecake flavors behind.”
The Crozes-Hermitage "Domaine des Grands Chemins" is made from a blend of grapes that come exclusively from the Domaine des Grands Chemins, owned by Delas Frères. All the vineyard plots lie on benches known as "Le Chassis," formed at the junction between the rivers Isère and Rhône. The Crozes-Hermitage vineyards are the largest of the northern Rhône appellations. In the northern part, the soils are formed by the granite slopes that run on from those of Hermitage. In the south, soils are alluvial, stemming from glacier and river beds, with benches made up of rolled stones and silt from the Rhône river. Syrah is the main varietal grown, with Marsanne or Roussanne making up no more than 15 percent.
Grapes are hand-picked, plot by plot, at maximum levels of ripeness. Winemaking is traditional, with fermentation in open concrete tanks, following a cold-soaking. Daily cap-punching and pumping over provides extraction. The maceration phase lasts between 10 and 12 days. Maturing is conducted over a 14-month period, partly in tanks and partly in small Burgundian barrels that have already held one or two wines. Regular rackings introduce the necessary quantity of oxygen to round out the tannins.
The color is deep, with a garnet hue deepened by purple tinges. The nose shows seductive whiffs of crushed black fruit — dark cherries, blackberries and blackcurrants — that evolve in the glass to reveal slightly smoky and licorice notes, typical of "Le Chassis”. The texture is tannic but intense, pulpy, almost silky. This truly balanced wine expresses a nice complexity, generous and true to the genuine terroir of the Domaine des Grands Chemins. The wine's structure, along with its aromatic persistence, gives it a great potential for laying down.
This wine pairs well with red meat, feathered game and lamb in pastry.
Varietals: 100% Syrah
Suggested Retail Price: $45.00