Delas Frères Crozes Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins

Rhône, France

Vintage:2017 (Past)

2019 (Past) | 2020 (Current)

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Delas Frères Crozes Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins 2017
  • JD 92
  • D 92
  • V 91-92
  • WA 91
  • WE 91
  • JS 91


Wine Enthusiast

91 Points

July 1, 2020, Anna Lee C. Iijima

“Initial notes of smoke, char and dried herb in this wine ease into ripe black cherry and plum after some aeration. Full bodied and richly concentrated, the palate offers fresh, primary black-fruit flavors edged by nuances of charcuterie and thyme. It's an approachably fruity but elegant Syrah, elevated by its savory backbone.”

The Wine Advocate

91 Points

December 19, 2019, Joe Czerwinski

“Looking even better than it did last year, the 2017 Crozes Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins boasts layers of dreamy black cherries and red-skinned plums. Medium to full-bodied, it's creamy textured and lush on the mid-palate, turning silky and adding dried-spice notes on the long, easy-drinking finish. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes.”

Jeb Dunnuck

92 Points

December 12, 2019, Jeb Dunnuck

“Coming all from the Les Chassis region and aged 14 months in barrel, the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Des Grands Chemins reveals a deep purple/plum hue as well as terrific notes of black (and some blue) fruits, graphite, liquid violets, and crushed stone. It's medium-bodied, has a silky texture, solid mid-palate depth, and a great finish. This forward, seamless, seductive Crozes will drink brilliantly for 7-8 years or more.”

91 Points

October 12, 2019, James Suckling

“This has a slightly reductive nose with slate, dark plums and blackberries, as well as some earthy and spicy complexity. The palate is super supple and sleek with a wealth of vibrant tannin and a smooth, cherry and plum core. Drink or hold.”

Vinous Media

91-92 Points

July 18, 2019, Josh Raynolds

“Inky ruby. Smoke-tinged blackberry and cherry on the nose, along with hints of potpourri and olive paste. Round and fleshy but lively as well, offering gently sweet black/blue fruit and floral pastille flavors that are braced by a spine of juicy acidity. The smoky note recurs on the gently tannic finish, which hangs on with very good, floral-tinged tenacity.”


92 Points

October 31, 2018

“Beef stock and ripe black fruits on a weighty bouquet. Sensuous palate with silken tannins – close to Hermitage quality.”


The Crozes-Hermitage "Domaine des Grands Chemins" is made from a blend of grapes that come exclusively from the Domaine des Grands Chemins, owned by Delas Frères. All the vineyard plots lie on benches known as "Le Chassis," formed at the junction between the rivers Isère and Rhône. The Crozes-Hermitage vineyards are the largest of the northern Rhône appellations. In the northern part, the soils are formed by the granite slopes that run on from those of Hermitage. In the south, soils are alluvial, stemming from glacier and river beds, with benches made up of rolled stones and silt from the Rhône river. Syrah is the main varietal grown, with Marsanne or Roussanne making up no more than 15 percent.


Grapes are hand-picked, plot by plot, at maximum levels of ripeness. Winemaking is traditional, with fermentation in open concrete tanks, following a cold-soaking. Daily cap-punching and pumping over provides extraction. The maceration phase lasts between 10 and 12 days. Maturing is conducted over a 14-month period, partly in tanks and partly in small Burgundian barrels that have already held one or two wines. Regular rackings introduce the necessary quantity of oxygen to round out the tannins.

Tasting Notes

The color is deep, with a garnet hue deepened by purple tinges. The nose shows seductive whiffs of crushed black fruit — dark cherries, blackberries and blackcurrants — that evolve in the glass to reveal slightly smoky and licorice notes, typical of "Le Chassis”. The texture is tannic but intense, pulpy, almost silky. This truly balanced wine expresses a nice complexity, generous and true to the genuine terroir of the Domaine des Grands Chemins. The wine's structure, along with its aromatic persistence, gives it a great potential for laying down.

Food Pairing

This wine pairs well with red meat, feathered game and lamb in pastry.

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Syrah

Suggested Retail Price: $45.00