Delas Frères Hermitage ‘Domaine des Tourettes’ Blanc
Wine & Spirits
“Delas Frères owns 24 acres on the Hermitage hill, including some small parcels of marsanne planted in 1912 and 1918. Since 2013, Jacques Grange has been converting the farming here and in the domaine’s other vineyards to organic, a move he says he’s found to increase the energy in the wines. The performance of the wines we tasted for this issue gives credence to his impression, with this wine a standout example. The vintage was a difficult one, replete with heat waves, hail storms and drought, and yet the wine feels radiant. Fermented with ambient yeasts, it opens gradually, the initial wood tones fading as the wine grows golden and opulent in flavor. Honeysuckle scents and lemony acidity play around the juicy Cavaillon melon flavors, adding delicacy to the wine, while bitter-almond and mineral notes add a deep savor. It’s glorious now, but deserving of another decade in the cellar to harmonize.”
December 20, 2018, Jeb Dunnuck
“A blend of 90% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne, the 2017 Hermitage Domaine Des Tourettes Blanc offers attractive notes of salted apple, citrus blossom, buttered lemon, and exotic spices. It's medium to full-bodied, has good acidity, a pure, elegant style, and beautiful purity and clarity. Drink it any time over the coming decade or so.”
The Wine Advocate
October 31, 2018, Joe Czerwinski
“A blend of 90% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne, the 2017 Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes Blanc features scents of toasted almond, honey and pineapple. Full-bodied, rich and creamy, it's rounded out on the palate by melon-like fruit, then adds citrus zest, crushed stone and brine on the long finish. Drink it now or after about 10 years.”
August 29, 2018, James Suckling
“There’s a super-ripe and deeply concentrated feel to this young Hermitage. Plenty of ripe pears, melon and white peaches. Some oak delivers nutty complexity early on. Good purity and depth. Barrel sample.”
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