Delas Frères Châteauneuf-du-Pape Haute Pierre

Rhône, France

Vintage:2018 (Past)

2019 (Current)

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Delas Frères Châteauneuf-du-Pape Haute Pierre 2018
  • WS 93
  • D 92
  • WA 92
  • JD 91


Jeb Dunnuck

91 Points

November 19, 2020, Jeb Dunnuck

“Moving to the reds and starting with the single Southern Rhône, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Haute Pierre shows the vintage’s charming, front end-loaded style and has lots of strawberry and raspberry fruits, notes of incense and peppery herbs, medium-bodied richness, and just the balanced, charming, endearing style that makes this vintage so much fun to drink.”

Wine Spectator

93 Points

November 18, 2020, James Molesworth

“Alluring, with a range of dark plum, raspberry and boysenberry compote flavors that have a lightly mulled edge, showing hints of dried garrigue and juniper. There's a nice caressing feel on the finish. Grenache and Syrah. Best from 2022 through 2034.”

The Wine Advocate

92 Points

September 24, 2020, Joe Czerwinski

“Sporting slightly exaggerated, almost kirsch-like aromas, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Haute Pierre comes out of the bottle in a burst of fruit. Subtle herbal notes emerge with air, lending just enough aromatic complexity to keep it interesting, while the medium to full-bodied palate is silky and taut, showing a fine tension between ripeness and acidity.”


92 Points

September 30, 2019, Matt Walls

“This is well-balanced between ripe fruit and garrigue herbs, ending on a savoury bay leaf note. Has good shape and structure - not a big wine, not over-extracted or overly excessive, on the contrary, it feels relatively unforced and effortless in a vintage that took a lot of effort for many. It may not be the deepest expression of Châteauneuf, but this will provide good value and early drinking pleasure.”


Located between Avignon and Orange, wines from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation are among the most prestigious of the southern Rhône. These blended wines are made from grapes grown in the region's hills with very stony soil of varying depth. The soil is comprised of red sandy clay and quartz stones. The climate is the driest area of the Côtes du Rhône where the “Mistral” wind is predominant. The large round stones on the soil, act as a “storage heater,” soaking up the sun's heat during the day, then releasing it during the night. The Delas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge is a negociant wine made of grapes from growers with whom the winery has worked for decades.


After harvest, the grapes are crushed, destemmed and fermented in open cement tanks for ten days. Maceration lasts eight to ten days to obtain a high extraction of flavors and carbolic acid. After de-vatting and pressing, malolactic fermentation takes place in vats. The wine is drawn off under aeration, to enable natural stabilization to take place. It then goes into 60 hectoliter oak tuns for a period of 8 to 14 months.

Tasting Notes

The color is a deep garnet red. The nose of the “Haute Pierre” has strong spicy aromas that reveal a rich, powerful body that is delicate, yet has a tightly-knit tanninc framework. On the palate, the wine is rich and unctuous, revealing intense licorice-like flavors. It can easily be kept 10 years or more.

Food Pairing

Ideal with the traditional French and “Provencale” type-stews and meats.

Technical Information

Varietals: 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah

Soil Composition: Red clay and quartz