Delas Freres Hermitage ‘Domaine des Tourettes’
94 Points, Editors' Choice
September 1, 2018, Anna Lee C. Iijima
“Enticing hints of sweet spice, black pepper and bacon fat seduce on the nose of this rich but balanced Hermitage. Blackberry and cherry flavors are fresh and juicy but structured by firm tannins and brisk acidity. A polished wine already, it should intensify its savory, smoky complexities well through 2030.”
April 1, 2018, Josh Raynolds
“Lurid violet color. Spice-accented aromas of dark fruit preserves, candied licorice and olive, along with a bright mineral nuance that builds in the glass. Offers sweet cassis, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors that show very good depth and become spicier with air. Rich and fleshy but showing real energy thanks to a spine of smoky minerality. The sappy, incisive finish features building tannins and a repeating floral nuance.”
January 24, 2018, Jeb Dunnuck
“While the Les Bessards gets all the attention, the 2015 Hermitage Domaine Des Tourettes isn’t far behind and is unquestionably the value play. Beef blood, cassis, blackberry liqueur and loads of crushed rock nuances all emerge from this ripe, concentrated, full-bodied Hermitage that has a classic, structured profile. It’s well worth a case purchase and will keep for two to three decades. As always, this cuvée comes from two parcels, the lower part of the Bessards lieu-dit and the Les Grandes Vignes located at the highest point on Hermitage Hill. It’s completely destemmed and sees 16 months in 30% new French oak.”
September 7, 2017, James Suckling
“An extremely rich brambly blackberry, orange zest and chocolate nose with sweet earthiness and dark slate-like stones. The palate unfurls sweet and ripe red berry fruits. The oak is a little caramelized. Appealing fruit. Best from 2020.”
April 1, 2017, Josh Raynolds
“Inky ruby. Dark fruit and floral scents unfold slowly to reveal Indian spice and mineral accents. Densely concentrated cassis and blueberry flavors are lifted by a core of smoky minerality and a jolt of cracked pepper. Smoothly plays richness off vivacity and finishes impressively long and chewy; dusty tannins frame the sweet dark fruit.”
The Wine Advocate
December 30, 2016, Jeb Dunnuck
“The 2015 Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes comes from Bessards and the Grandes Vignes lieux-dits (both on the western side of the appellation and consisting of pure granite soils), and will see 18 months in roughly 30% new French oak. Notes of powdered rocks, black cherries, currants, licorice and new saddle leather all flow to a full-bodied, silky, yet rich and sexy Hermitage that has sweet tannin and no hard edges. It’s not the most massive wine in the vintage, yet it has gorgeous purity and is impeccably balanced.”
The Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes is the first wine to be produced by Delas Freres exclusively from the 8.5 hectares that farmed on the famous hill that overlooks the town of Tain. This cuvée is a blend of wines from three separate plots: l’Ermite, le Sabot and the famous terroir named Les Bessards. This wine replaced the Marquise de la Tourette cuvée starting with the 2009 vintage.
The soils are a combination of granite with alluvial quaternary delta deposits, and Pliocene marl. This diversity explains the numerous names given to vineyard plots within the appellation: Bessards, Greffi eux, Méal, Roucoule, Beaumes, etc. The vineyards are south-facing and are protected from the north winds. The slopes are well exposed to the sun. The estate’s vineyards are all harvested by hand when the grapes achieve optimal maturity. Vinification takes place in traditional, open-topped concrete tanks following two days of skin contact at cool temperatures. Maceration continues at controlled temperatures between 82°F and 86°F (28°C and 30°C). Cap punching and pumping over take place daily for about 10 days. The total fermentation/maceration period is about 20 days. After devatting and pressing the skins, maturation is done in French oak barrels. On each vintage, the notes of wood are the result of precise and variable proportion between new barrels and barrels which have already held one wine, and it is adapted according to each vintage tannic and tasting characteristics.
The wine has a brilliant, deep red hue. The nose is powerful and complex, expressing blackberries, spices and leather. On the palate the wine is firm but silky, with a tightly-knit tannic structure that is the hallmark of wines that have a good future.
Pair this wine with rare or medium-cooked games, marinated meats and spicy stews. We recommend opening this bottle between one and three hours before drinking.
Varietals: 100% Syrah
Wine Alcohol: 13%
Suggested Retail Price: $99.99