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Delas Frères Syrah St. Joseph Cuvée Francois de Tournon 2009

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"Ratcheting up the level of concentration, power, extract, tannin and intensity, the 2009 St.-Joseph Francois de Tournon exhibits licorice, cassis, graphite and earth in its full-bodied, rich, well-balanced personality. It should drink well for 10-15 years. Under the inspired leadership of winemaker/administrator Jacques Grange, who has carte blanche authority from the proprietors, the Louis Roederer/Deutz Champagne firm, Delas has been on a fabulous qualitative roll for over a decade. They have enjoyed some great successes, so it is hard to say 2009 may be the magnum opus of Jacques Grange, but it certainly looks fabulous...91-93" Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 2/11

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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

External Reviews for Delas Frères Syrah St. Joseph Cuvée Francois de Tournon

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/19/2012

The 2009 St.-Joseph Francois de Tournon is showing even better than it did last year out of barrel. An inky/purple color is followed by notes of graphite, smoke, blackberries, cassis, road tar and truffles. With layers of fruit, an unctuous texture a... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Delas Freres St Joseph Cuvee Francois de Tournon 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/27/2011

A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Delas Freres Crozes Hermitage le Clos 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/28/2011

While it is a beauty, it is eclipsed by the 2009 Crozes-Hermitage Le Clos, which is a limited production offering that is only produced in top vintages. Aged 100% in small French oak, it exhibits a striking minerality as well as copious notes of cass... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Delas Freres Crozes Hermitage le Clos 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

A lively, peppery, mineral-driven style, with a strong iron note run-ning through the core of crushed plum and blackberry. Features a lingering white pepper edge on the slightly dusty finish. Best from 2013 through 2020.-J.M. Wine Spectator. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Delas Freres Crozes Hermitage le Clos 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/01/2011

Ratcheting up the level of concentration, power, extract, tannin and intensity, the 2009 St.-Joseph Francois de Tournon exhibits licorice, cassis, graphite and earth in its full-bodied, rich, well-balanced personality. It should drink well for 10-15 ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Delas Freres St Joseph Cuvee Francois de Tournon 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

The 2009 Cornas Chante Perdrix is all of that but slightly softer because of the style of the vintage. It is hard to say that any Cornas can be opulent because the tannins are often off the charts but this 2009 has a voluptuous opening on the palate before the tannins begin to ratchet up. Inky/purple-hued layered and full-bodied it offers notes of smoked meats duck Chinese black tea blackberries and licorice. It is an enormously inky thick wine that needs to be forgotten for 5-6 years an


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

The 2009 St.-Joseph Francois de Tournon is showing even better than it did last year out of barrel. An inky/purple color is followed by notes of graphite smoke blackberries cassis road tar and truffles. With layers of fruit an unctuous texture and tremendous purity and depth this stunning effort is a great sleeper of this fabulous northern Rhone vintage. It should drink well for 10-15 years or longer. Another great negociant with significant vineyard holdings and at the top of their game is undeniably Delas owned by the Louis Roederer/Deutz Champagne firm. Since they acquired Delas well over a decade ago this firm has been under the management of Burgundian Jacques Grange who has done an outstanding job producing a sensational array of wines. The 2009s appear to be their finest overall performances to date and the 2010s are noteworthy successors in a more restrained mineral dominated crisper style. Jacques Grange did a fabulous job with his Cote Roties in both 2009 and 2010 the latter being a somewhat more challenging vintage in this appellation. The Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes (until the 2009 vintage this offering was known as the Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette) is sensational in both 2010 and 2009. Three thousand cases of this cuvee are produced and the wine is aged in French oak 50% new. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


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"Ratcheting up the level of concentration, power, extract, tannin and intensity, the 2009 St.-Joseph Francois de Tournon exhibits licorice, cassis, graphite and earth in its full-bodied, rich, well-balanced personality. It should drink well for 10-15 years. Under the inspired leadership of winemaker/administrator Jacques Grange, who has carte blanche authority from the proprietors, the Louis Roederer/Deutz Champagne firm, Delas has been on a fabulous qualitative roll for over a decade. They have enjoyed some great successes, so it is hard to say 2009 may be the magnum opus of Jacques Grange, but it certainly looks fabulous...91-93" Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 2/11

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