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Delas Frères Syrah Côte-Rôtie Seigneur de Maugiron 1995

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

very slightly corked, tried a four hour decant which was too short, next bottle try f or wait

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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 Frères Syrah Côte-Rôtie Seigneur de Maugiron

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,759
0.00 5
09/22/2008

very slightly corked, tried a four hour decant which was too short, next bottle try f or wait


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,759
4.50 5
02/22/2012

Fermented tobacco, green olive juice and a nice touch of limestone. Elegant and refined in the mouth with early meaty, gamy juices followed by green tobacco, peppercorn, caper, herb, salt, black olive, mineral, smoke and stem. The structure here is rather light in appearance but firm in nature. The meat juice and green peppercorn notes linger on the long finish. Huge grapevine smoky scents and super fine tobacco smoke smells enchanting. Just a little lean on the mid-palate with chalky tannins on the finish, this feels at peak with a bit more to show. 92pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,759
4.50 5
09/22/2008

paler than the Tourette- funky, gamey, grilled wild animal, a hint of vanillin, hot rocks, boysenberry, white pepper, bit of wood spice, red raspberry, really nice nose – still youthful, very bright in the mouth, excellent intensity of flavor in a decidedly medium bodied package, tannins still a bit dominant, bit of smoky mintiness, very mineral across the palate with hints of tar and licorice leading to a cherry stone finish, finishes very long and succulent, bloody, lots of amarena cherry as well. This is excellent stuff, very traditional feel, very complex, lithe in the mouth, better with another 2-3 years but I can drink this now and be very happy


Member Reviews for Delas Frères Syrah Côte-Rôtie Seigneur de Maugiron

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Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
3.00 5
02/23/2012

Exceptionally light and fruity on the nose, yet reveals a palette that is not in line with that! Light on the tannins and oak and tastes a tiny bit like aged Gewurztraminer, in a strange way


Snooth User: Kirsy
8805431,786
4.50 5
02/22/2012

Smell of leather, sand dust, with light hints of honey and vanilla. Very light body and tastes of ripe yet slightly acidic fruit.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549173,134
4.50 5
02/25/2012

The nose was deep, layered and constantly changing. It showed savory leather and beef jerky, and it then turned to noxious floral notes with chalky minerals and undergrowth. On the palate, it was balanced, juicy and savory with blackberry, pepper, and kale. The finish was clean and pure with great balanced acidity keeping it fresh.


Snooth User: Kate Statton
8538361,079
4.50 5
02/22/2012

Old perfume and wool/dust on the nose, like a grandmother's dresser drawer. On palate this has some light fruit left and is incredibly smooth and easy drinking.


Snooth User: Bsberlin22
1020034731
4.00 5
02/22/2012

funky like an old bottle should be, but still had some fruit when it hits your mouth. Smokey and a bit dusty.


Snooth User: Aaron Fili
54065517
0.00 5
02/24/2012

Briney olive, cured meat and bread nose. Healthy tannins and increasingly savory palate with O2.



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