Delas Frères St. Joseph François de Tournon

Rhône, France

Vintage:2019 (Past)

2020 (Current)

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Delas Frères St. Joseph François de Tournon 2019
  • JD 93
  • WS 91
  • WA 90


Jeb Dunnuck

93 Points

August 11, 2022, Jeb Dunnuck

“Classic, slightly reductive Granite notes of cassis, damp earth, violets, and both red and white pepper emerge from the 2019 Saint Joseph François De Tournon, a pure, elegant medium-bodied Saint Joseph that brings good ripeness yet also a terrific sense of purity and freshness. It's already hard to resist with a decant and will drink well for 10-12+ years.”

The Wine Advocate

90 Points

January 20, 2022, Joe Czerwinski

“Marked by hints of toasty oak on the nose, the 2019 Saint-Joseph François de Tournon backs those up with notes of red cherries. It's medium to full-bodied, silky and fresh, with a long, faintly herbal finish. It should drink well for up to a decade.”

Wine Spectator

91 Points

October 31, 2021, James Molesworth

“Juicy and compact, with a solid core of dark plum and blackberry preserve flavors laced with licorice root and mocha hints. Long, dark finish. Ample toast here, so give it a touch of cellar time to loosen up. Best from 2022 through 2029.”


The ancient vineyards of Saint-Joseph, planted almost exclusively with Syrah, cover more than 600 acres on the right bank of the Rhône river. The vineyard stretches from Chavanay in the north, to Guilherand in the south – it covers 23 "communes" in the Ardèche region, and three in the Loire. The grapes are planted in terraces on the rocky granite hillsides, where Delas selects only the best grapes for this cuvée. The "Francois de Tournon" is a blend of grapes from the terroirs of Vion, Saint-Jean de Muzols, Mauves and Tournon.

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.


The grapes for this cuvée are picked by hand at optimum ripeness. Fermentation is traditional in open-topped concrete tanks, and is preceded by two days of cold maceration. It is conducted at controlled temperatures of 82°F to 86°F. Daily cap pushing down and pumping over are carried out for about 10 days. The total vatting time lasts up to 20 days. After drawing-off and pressing, malolactic fermentation takes place in oak barrels. The wine is matured between 10 to 14 months in oak barrels of one to three years of age. Part of the cuvée is aged in vats to preserve the freshness of the fruit.

Tasting Notes

The color is a deep, dark ruby red with a garnet reflection. The nose is clearly marked by delicate aromas of cassis and spices. On the palate, this cuvée shows a smooth and voluptuous texture that masks a good tannic structure, fine and silky. this wine has great potential for aging.

Food Pairing

This wine pairs well with fine meats, spicy stews, grilled meats, game and any kind of cheese.

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Syrah

Wine Alcohol: 13%