Delas Frères Crozes Hermitage Les Launes Rouge
December 31, 2023, Anna-Christina Cabrales
“Fresh blackberries and black cherries mingle with rhubarb and violets on the nose. The palate is a bit restrained and straightforward with a firm stone finish. Tannins integrate well, making it a great pairing with complex dishes such as lamb tagine.”
The New Wine Review
November 2023, Anna Lee C. Iijima
“This is a fragrant Syrah redolent of blackcurrants, green olives and violets. It’s a vibrant, concentrated wine that’s lipsmacking with fresh black-cherry flavors etched with herbs and smoke. An immediately enjoyable yet complex wine wrapped up in layers of fine, silky tannins.”
The village of Crozes-Hermitage lies just north of Hermitage proper. The appellation of Crozes-Hermitage is the largest in the northern Rhône valley, covering nearly 2,100 acres. The region consists of primarily syrah grapes that are aromatic, rich and full-bodied. Delas has been buying grapes from family growers in this region for over 100 years.
The soil varies from granite sub-soils in the North to both fluvioglacial alluviums and terraces of rolled river bed stones, mixed with loess in the South. The climate has a southerly exposure in the hillside areas. The "Mistral" is the dominant wind. The grapes are handpicked at optimum ripeness and all grapes are de-stemmed. Fermentation takes place at controlled temperatures of 82°F to 90°F in open concrete tanks. After devatting and pressing, malolactic fermentation is carried out in tanks. A small portion of the wine is aged in barrels that gives just a touch of oak to the final blend. The rest stays in tanks to preserve the full fruit aromas. These wines are then racked regularly to provide them with natural stabilization of their components.
The wine has a deep garnet red color. It is fruity on the nose with strong aromas of cassis, plums and a touch of violets. The tannic structure is ample and well-rounded, which assures good aging potential.
This wine pairs well with game, grilled meats and rich foods and sauces.
Varietals: 100% Syrah