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 is 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 and almost disappeared on several occasions, during the barbarian invasions, in the days of the “Grandes Compagnies” (in the 17th and 18th centuries) and, more recently, at the end of the 19th century, with the phylloxera infestation. Well before the modern period, the trading port of Condrieu and its river fleet carried the reputation of its wines far and wide.
About Saint-Joseph Vineyard
Exposure is south and south-east 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. It was the Jesuits (a monk community) of Tournon who gave the area its current name, in the 17th century. Between 1956 and 1969, all the vineyards from this area which used to be named Côtes du Rhône were regrouped and established under the appellation Saint-Joseph.