Delas has vineyard holdings on the steep granite slopes of the northern Rhône and purchases additional wine through long-term contracts with high quality southern Rhône growers. Crafted by winemaker Jacques Grange to epitomize finesse and elegance, Delas’ northern and southern Rhône vintages have won praise for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.
Delas now owns 77 acres of prime vineyards in the northern Rhône, including 24 acres on the famed Hermitage hill.
Clos Boucher: one of Condrieu’s oldest vineyards
The climate is moderately continental, hot and dry in summer, regular rainfalls during the other seasons. The vineyard has often been a victim of history's most destructive periods, almost disappearing during the barbarian invasions of the 17th and 18th centuries — and once again at the end of the 19th century with the phylloxera infestation.
The wines of Condrieu were able to prosper through the ages thanks to the trading port and the river fleet that carried the wines far and wide.
Exposure is south and southeast and the soils consist of light schist and gneiss over a granite bedrock. The climate is moderately continental, with hot and dry summers, and normal rainfall the rest of the year. The wine was reputed in the 16th century for its delicacy, and was poured at the table of the kings of France. In the 17th century, the Jesuits (a monk community) of Tournon gave the area its current name. Between 1956 and 1969, all the vineyards from this area — formerly known as Côtes du Rhône — were regrouped and established under the appellation Saint-Joseph.