Delas Frères St. Joseph François de Tournon

Rhône, France

Vintage:2020 (Current)

2019 (Past) |

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Delas Frères St. Joseph François de Tournon 2020
  • V 94-95
  • JD 92-94
  • WS 92


Wine Spectator

92 Points

February 28, 2023, James Molesworth

“This throws off some lovely floral and incense notes, backed by a sleek and pure core of cassis and mulberry fruit. Shows a subtle mineral underpinning through the focused finish. Drink now through 2030.”

Vinous Media

94-95 Points

December 2022, Josh Raynolds

“Opaque magenta. Mineral- and smoke-accented dark berry, candied licorice, bacon fat and floral aromas show outstanding clarity and spicy lift. Densely packed, appealingly sweet cherry, blueberry and spicecake flavors are braced by an undercurrent of smoky minerality. Shows a suave floral note on the impressively persistent finish, which is shaped by smooth, well-judged tannins.”

Jeb Dunnuck

92-94 Points

February 16, 2020, Jeb Dunnuck

“Deeper hued, the 2020 Saint Joseph François De Tournon is a big step up and has a classic, chiseled, focused, granite-driven style in its black and blue fruits, crushed stone, graphite, and violet-tinged aromas and flavors. Concentrated and medium to full-bodied, with good acidity and wonderful balance, it's another classy, elegant 2020 with loads to love.”


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