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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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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

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

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Snooth User: Vamos
9383173
2.00 5
09/20/2011

Decent for the price, but not sure where the experts get a 90 score. Hardly an extraordinary wine. More like a okay wine with a nice price. The wine finishes with the slight bitter style I do not care for.


Snooth User: Ty McMahan
3592050
3.00 5
Vintage: 2004 11/28/2007

Not always a fan of blends, but this is good. Thin, good for light fare. Strong cherrry, a bit of spice.


Snooth User: mariavperalta
2930028
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 08/15/2007

This blend (80% Grenache, 20% Syrah) has berry on the nose, particularly cherry. An easy, enjoyable wine to drink. Clean and crisp with some white pepper.


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

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/28/2012

Beautiful dark garnet core with a bright fuchsia rim. The nose is pure syrah, with an intriguing, complex mix of fruit and subtle earthy components including black pepper, smoked meats, bright blackberry, and Asian spice. On the palate, freshness and... Alex Lallos. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Delas Freres Crozes Hermitage Grands Chemins 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
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
10/27/2011

A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Delas Freres Cornas Chante Perdrix 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/19/2012

As I reported last year, the black/purple-tinged 2009 Cote Rotie La Landonne is an extraordinary effort. Made in a more open-knit, exuberant, flamboyant style, it possesses many of the same characteristics as the 2010, but with silkier tannins and lo... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Delas Freres Cote Rotie la Landonne 1500ml


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

The dense purple-colored, gamy 2009 Cornas Chante Perdrix offers up scents of duck confit intermixed with notions of burning embers, black fruits, new saddle leather and savage animal-like notes. There is extraordinary intensity and abundant tannin, ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Delas Freres Cornas Chante Perdrix 750ml


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


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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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