Delas Freres Les Reinages Gigondas
August 1, 2018, Josh Raynolds
“Brilliant ruby. Ripe red fruit and floral scents are lifted and sharpened by energetic mineral and spice flourishes. Juicy and broad on the palate, offering appealingly sweet black raspberry flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Supple, rounded tannins shape the persistent finish, which leaves a suave floral pastille note behind.”
October 19, 2017, Jeb Dunnuck
“This northern Rhône based estate makes a fine Gigondas, and their 2016 Gigondas Les Reinages is tight and fresh, with firm tannin and plenty of potential. Violets, black and blue fruits and sappy green herbs all emerge from this classic 2016, and it’s going to benefit from a year or so in bottle.”
The vineyard lies entirely within the “commune” of Gigondas, in the Vaucluse “departement.” The soils consist mainly of red clay and stony alluvium over hillsides or wide terraces. The climate is souther, hot and dry, with 2,800 hours average sunshine per year. The dominant wind is the "Mistral."
After crushing and de-stemming of the crop, the alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks during a period of 10 days. This is followed by 8 to 10 days maceration to improve extraction. After drawing off and pressing, the malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks. The wine is racked and aerated to allow stabilisation of its ingredients. It is then kept in tanks, to preserve the freshness of its aromas, before being bottled after 12 months of ageing.
The color is a deep garnet red. In its youth it reveals black cherry aromas which will evolve towards notes of woodland and spices. On the palate, this is a warm, heady wine whose texture is well-rounded and silky. The finish is perfectly balanced.
This wine is suitable throughout the meal, and goes particularly well with rich sauces, game, red meat and dishes.
Varietals: 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah