Delas Freres Hermitage ‘Domaine des Tourettes’ Blanc
October 3, 2018, James Molesworth
“Creamy and lush, with notes of pear, Cavaillon melon, white peach and persimmon gilded with a range of acacia, jasmine, verbena and honeysuckle notes. The long finish pulls everything together with a bitter almond hint, picking up brioche and salted butter accents along the way, all while showing remarkable balance. Drink now through 2040. From France.”
January 24, 2018, Jeb Dunnuck
“The 2016 Hermitage Domaine Des Tourettes Blanc is a total blockbuster and almost matches what was achieved in 2015! Coming from the bottom part of the Les Bessards lieu-dit and from the Les Grandes Vignes lieu-dit at the highest point on the hill, it’s 100% Marsanne brought up all in 30% new barrel. Killer notes of apple blossom, buttered citrus, and orange blossom all soar from the glass of this rich, powerful Hermitage Blanc that has a red wine-like structure, a huge mid-palate, and a great finish. It shows the fresher style preferred by this estate, has terrific purity, and will keep for 2+ decades.”
September 7, 2017, James Suckling
“Very fresh peaches and pears with nicely phrased oak influence adding woody spices. The palate has concentrated yellow peach and nectarine fruit flavor with a creamy pastry-like finish. Great depth. Drink now.”
The Hermitage appellation is one of the greatest in the northern Rhone Valley. About 320 acres of vines cover the region’s steep slopes, which enjoy an excellent southern exposure. The sun warms the hill from dawn till dusk, and during the night the granitic soil radiates the day's heat. Devoted primarily to the Syrah grape, the region also produces white wines that are grown where the topsoil has more clay content.
After hand-picking at optimal maturity, the grapes travel to the winery in small boxes exclusively set for white grapes. The juice is pressed “à la champe-noise” by separating the free-run wine and the press wine. After pressing, the musts are given cold settling, and fermentation takes place in small oak barrels. After fermentation in barrels, the wine is aged on its lees for between 6 and 8 months, with regular stirring to develop flesh and richness. This will, in turn, give the wine ageing capacity. The wine is then bottled after light fining.
Pale yellow with green tints. The hue is bright with good density. On the nose the wine shows floral notes, underpinned by candied citrus fruit fragrances. These are complimented by fine oaky notes, such as vanilla and toasted brioche. Its powerful character shows on the palate. Concentrated and opulent, with a perfectly balanced structure, this Hermitage has beautiful freshness and a good mineral character, giving it great aromatic length.
This wine pairs well with cheese, white meats such as chicken with morilles mushrooms or quail with truffles, as well as fish such as grilled Sea Bass with citrus fruit.
Varietals: 90% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne
Suggested Retail Price: $67.00