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Delas Freres 'Marquise de la Tourette' Hermitage 2003

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Medium ruby. Superripe aromas of blackberry liqueur and spearmint; faintly medicinal. Superripe, fat and sweet; a bit porty and undifferentiated despite possessing adequate acidity. But undeniably rich, chocolatey and deep, with lurking minerality.. Finishes very long, with huge, powerful tannins

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Delas Frères:
It has become quite commonplace to remind everyone that the best wines are more the result of work in the vineyards than of the winemaker's talents, however impressive these may be. And those who work in the winery and cellars have humbly gone along with that. But 2008 has underscored the necessity for true balance and complementarity between vineyard and cellar work. The growing season ... Read more
It has become quite commonplace to remind everyone that the best wines are more the result of work in the vineyards than of the winemaker's talents, however impressive these may be. And those who work in the winery and cellars have humbly gone along with that. But 2008 has underscored the necessity for true balance and complementarity between vineyard and cellar work. The growing season was not an easy one this year. Exceptionally high rainfall (650 mm up to the end of August) made for a lot of work in the vineyards, and imposed some limits on what we could expect. Fungal diseases that we thought were now limited to less favourable climates than the northern Rhône valley returned to our hillsides, locally causing considerable losses in crop. This also slowed down the maturation process, and, in some parts of the DELAS FRERES estate, veraison of grapes only completed around August 20th. This was the case, for example, in plots like Combe Clos, part of Domaine des Grands Chemins, the firm's latest acquisition. The first week of September will be remembered by all. A series of sudden, violent storms caused considerable damage, with very heavy rainfall (350 mm in the week). About 1500 cubic metres of soil were washed off the Hermitage hill, and numerous retaining terrace walls crumbled on our Domaine des Tourettes. The grapes were thouroughly washed, but luckily were not damaged as there was no hail and the berries did not burst. The fear of more storms with heavy rain motivated some growers to harvest at minimal levels of potential alcohol. This is where the winemaker had to step in firmly in order to calm things down and encourage the growers who bring in the grapes to wait. The fact of waiting longer for harvest, coupled with severe sorting of grapes, further reduced yields that were already low. The quantities brought in were below 25 hectolitres per hectare in our Hermitage estate Domaine des Tourettes, and 32 hectolitres per hectare at our Domaine des Grands Chemins, producing Crozes Hermitage red. Winemaking techniques can correct a certain number of deficiencies in the raw material, but there is no way of compensating for insufficient maturity. So harvest was very late this year. The first grapes (for white Crozes Hermitage) were picked on September 17th, and the last (for Cornas, and the Saint-Pierre vineyard) went into the tanks on October 11th. Taking such risks enabled DELAS FRERES to obtain good natural levels of alcohol, around 12.5°. This will facilitate winemaking choices and the production of wines that show good balance and remain true to their origins. Inevitably, maturity levels reached their highest in the oldest vines of Domaine des Tourettes, on the part of the hillside called « Bessard ». Here our syrah grapes produced potential alcohol levels of over 13°. Wine-making and ageing will be aimed at preserving as much fruit flavours as possible, as well as encouraging suavity in the texture of the wines. Use of oak will be even more sparing than usual. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Delas Freres 'Marquise de la Tourette' Hermitage

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,143
4.50 5
01/16/2009

Wow this is intense right from the get go with well integrated wood spice backing up deep, slightly feral loganberry and spiced plum fruit. Wood and light toast is gaining some ground here but there are emerging notes of asphalt, dried grass and flowers as well that parry that thrust well. Quite fresh and brisk on entry with plenty of acid and well integrated tannins. A bit extracted and inky on the mid-palate though the acid keeps the fruit of the fresh side and there is considerable cut offered by the mineral and earth tones that emerge on the backend. The tannins are just stretching the fruit and turn a bit powdery on the finish. Finishes with a sweet flourish of fruit then the mineral reasserts itself providing nice contrast to the blackberry/black cherry finale. Admirable length and plenty of fruit though perhaps not typical Hermitage profile this is pretty good stuff! Probably needs another 2 years for the tannins to fully integrate and should drink well for 8-10 years after that. 2010-2020 92pts


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Snooth User: Philip James
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4.00 5
01/16/2009

Really nice nose of white pepper, figs, Christmas spice and berries. Nicely aged, with some pleasant mustiness, figs and smooth tannins. Nice long finish on soft eastern spices.

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    4.50 5
    01/16/2009

    Very ripe rich dried dark fruit flavors. Palate is slightly hot but it's gratifying. Very complex flavors, some chocolate and tree bark. Rustic. Thick and refreshing and coats the mouth quite well. Finish is slightly medicinal, long and leaves me wanting more.

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    Snooth User: solomania9
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    5.00 5
    01/16/2009

    Big nose with lots of copper and iron. Fruity, spicy, and complex with a long elegant finish. Really great subtle aged flavor that reminds me of a grand old chateauneuf du pape with its gaminess. Hot damn I'm giving this a 5 - I can't think of any way to improve this.


    Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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    4.50 5
    02/29/2012

    I feel like this wine loves me, and for good reason! No, not really. A perfectly balanced montage of every flavor that I love, a little gamey, vanilla, blackberry, mint, oak, swiss cheese, rosemary, meaty lamb. Many thanks to Gregory for sharing this one.


    Snooth User: MelissaL
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    5.00 5
    01/11/2008

    Smooth. Very smooth. This is an outstanding wine.


    Snooth User: Wolrdwine lover
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    3.00 5
    12/15/2009

    Well done, but still disappointing for the price !!


    External Reviews for Delas Freres 'Marquise de la Tourette' Hermitage

    External Review
    05/18/2010

    1 x 750ML Bottle


    External Review
    10/20/2010

    The impressive, deep black/purple-colored 2003 Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette (only 40% of the normal crop was produced) offers up a sweet perfume of licorice-infused creme de cassis, minerals, and flowers. With great intensity, full body, and a l... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2003 Delas Freres Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette 750ml


    External Review
    10/15/2009

    Since Champagne house Louis Roederer acquired Delas Freres in 1993, renovating the cellars and bringing in a talented team of winemakers, their wines have returned to top form. The company has substantial vineyard ownership of 50 acres, of which 22 are in the regal Hermitage appellation. 'Marquise de la Tourette' is a composite of multiple sites or climats on the steep, south facing hill, including Les Bessards, l'Hermite, and Sabot. The 2003 has been rated in the '90's' by two US critics, and America's leading Rhone authority described the wine as having great intensity, full body, and a long, concentrated finish. Hermitage is one of the longest lived red wines in the world, and this 2003 is likely to improve until 2020 and beyond.



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    Medium ruby. Superripe aromas of blackberry liqueur and spearmint; faintly medicinal. Superripe, fat and sweet; a bit porty and undifferentiated despite possessing adequate acidity. But undeniably rich, chocolatey and deep, with lurking minerality.. Finishes very long, with huge, powerful tannins

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