Delas Freres St. Joseph ‘Les Challeys’ Blanc
August 29, 2018, James Suckling
“Poached-pear and white-peach aromas with bright, floral perfume, too. The palate has an array of bright, melon and apple flavors, some very cool, crisp and nicely restrained, textural appeal and pastry to close. Drink or hold.”
The wines were reputed in the 16th century for their delicacy, and were drunk at the table of the kings of France. It was the Jesuits (a monk community) of Tournon who gave the area its current name, in the 17th century. Between 1956 and 1969, this section of what used to be called “Côtes-du-Rhône” was re-arranged under the appellation Saint Joseph.
After hand-picking, the grapes travel to the winery in small boxes. Gentle pressing produces a must that is fermented at low temperatures 16 to 18°C (61 to 64°F) in closed tanks. This is in order to make the most of the complex aromas of the Marsanne and Roussanne varieties.
A brilliant, green gold colour. The nose shows very pure floral aromas that mingle with citrus and preserved fruit. On the palate, the wine has similar flavours, with an added touch of honey. Its finish is clean and clear, with flavours of flowers and fresh almonds.
Small waterfowl, steamed fish in sauce, poultry stuffed with fruit (apricots, peaches,...), any kind of hard cheese.
Varietals: Marsanne, Rousanne
Suggested Retail Price: $18.00