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Delas Freres Hermtiage History, Overview
Delas Freres is one of the top producers of Rhone wine in a myriad of appellations. Delas Freres makes outstanding wine from Cote Rotie and Hermitage in the Northern Rhone. The company also produces one of the top value wines from the region with their Cote du Rhone. Delas Freres has one of the longest histories in the appellation. The company was formed in 1835 when Philippe Delas and Charles Audibert agreed to purchase Maisons Junique. The new company changed their name to Audibert and Delas.
Philippe Delas had two sons, Henri Delas and Florentin Delas. Florentin Delas eventually married the daughter of his fathers partner, Charles Audibert. In 1924, the two brothers took over management of the company and altered the name to what is still in use today, Delas Freres.
When the next generation took over management of Delas Freres in 1960, the company had become one of the top producers of Rhone wines with holdings in Cote Rotie, Hermitage, Cornas and Condrieu in the north as well as in the south in Chateauneuf du Pape. In 1977 the company merged with the well known Champagne firm, Deutz. In 1993, Delas Freres was in turn taken over by another Champagne producer, Louis Roederer in 1993. Delas Freres also produces wine from a myriad of Northern Rhone appellations including Cote Rotie from La Landonne, Crozes Hermitage, St. Joseph, Cornas, St. Peray and Condrieu. In 2016, Delas Freres hired the highly, respected, Architect, Carl Fredrik Svenstedt to design the most modern facility in the Rhone Valley. The winery will be located in Tain Hermitage.
Delas Freres Hermitage Vineyards, Grapes, Wines, Winemaking
Currently, Delas Freres produces 2 Hermitage Rouge wines and 1, Hermitage Blanc wine.
Delas Freres Les Bessards is their flagship, Hermitage wine. As you can surmise from the name, the wine is produced solely from grapes planted in the Bessards vineyard. Bessards is the most famous vineyard in Hermitage. Bessards has a terroir of steep, granite hillside soils. The grapes are planted in the Bas de Coteau area of the lieu-dit. While Delas Freres Bessards is one of the top wines in the Hermitage appellation. Interestingly, the company thinks a better judge of the quality they produce is in their high volume wines. They also own vines in the L’Hermite and Les Grandes Vignes vineyards.
With Les Bessards, they have been striving to produce a higher quality wine since they released their outstanding 1990 vintage. All of the grapes are 100% destemmed. The grapes are cold macerated before fermentation, there are minimal rackings and the wine is aged on its fine lees, giving the wine more richness. At Delas Freres, for the barrel aging, they stopped using large 40 hectoliter barrels and have since moved to small, 225 liter, French oak barrels. Generally speaking, the wine is aged on average for about 18 months in barrel before bottling. In 1999, they renovated their fermentation cellars and added new temperature controlled vats. Made from 100% Syrah, vinification takes place in concrete tanks. The wine is aged in a combination of new and used, French oak barrels, with a large percentage of their wine aged in new French oak. On average, about 500 cases are produced each vintage.
The best vintages of Delas Freres are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1998 and 1990.
Delas Freres also produces Domaine des Tourettes Hermitage. Until 2007, the wine was sold under the name of Marquise de la Touretts. The grapes are 100% destemmed. The wine is produced from 100% Syrah and is aged in an average of 15% to 30% new, French oak barrels for about 18 months before bottling. Domaine des Tourettes is one of the larger productions in Hermitage as close to 3,000 cases of wine are produced each year. Marquis de la Tourette is a lighter style of Hermitage that can be enjoyed in its relative youth, while wait for their Bessards to mature.
Delas Freres Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes Blanc comes fruit planted in the southern part of the Bessards lieu-dit and from vines placed in the Grandes Vignes lieu-dit. Produced from 100% Marsanne in some vintages, and blended with Roussane in other years, the wine is aged for 8 months in 50% new, French oak barrels before bottling. Not much wine is made, as the production averages about 300 cases per vintage.
Delas Freres has annual sales of almost 1.7 million bottles per year. They produce Hermitage Blanc as well as wines from St. Joseph and Crozes Hermitage. Their fruit comes from a combination of vineyards they own as well as from other growers. In Hermitage, they own 6 hectares of prime vineyard land on Les Bessards, along with plots in L’Hermite and Les Grandes Vignes. Aside from Les Bessards, their top red wine, they also produce an affordable Hermitage wine called, Marquis de la Tourette.
Serving and Decanting Delas Freres with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Delas Freres is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-4 hours, depending on the character of the vintage. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Delas Freres is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Delas Freres is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
The white wine of Delas Freres is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Delas Freres Bessards Hermitage wines are big, ripe, rich, deep, bold and powerful wines demanding 15-20 years of bottle age before maturity in the top vintages.
Delas Frères Wine Tasting Notes
19 Vintages 73589 Views Sort Vintage - Rating
Garrigue, pepper and wild cherries here open the nose. On the palate, the wine offers sweet, lushly textured fruit, soft tannins and a bright, crisp, fruity, kirsch and red berry finish.
Aug 21, 2017points - Tasted 678 Views
Loads of spicy, red fruits, kirsch, olives, flowers and garrigue. There is decent concentration and freshness in the kirsch finish.
Jun 23, 2016points - Tasted 843 Views
Deep in color, with a garrigue, black raspberry and spicy tone, the wine is medium bodied, forward, early drinking with black cherry, spice and herb finish. I'd drink this over the 1-3 years. Clearly this is uncomplicated, but for $10-$12, it's a solid value wine.
Jan 9, 2017points - Tasted 1935 Views
Concentrated, richly textured and loaded with flowers, vanilla, nectarines, orange and yellow citrus notes, with just a drizzle of honey, the wine is buttery, juicy, fresh and clean. Still young, this is one of those Northern Rhone white wines that will better in a decade. The wine was made from 100% Marsanne.
May 17, 2017points - Tasted 1517 Views
Unadorned, simple, but correct, the wine is on the short and sweet side.
Aug 19, 2014points - Tasted 1220 Views
Forward, expressive, charming and surprisingly voluptuous for an Hermitage this young, there is freshness, and a vibrancy to the sweet, spicy, peppery, dark red fruits, hints of licorice and smoke. Full bodied and already fun to drink, I'm sure this will age for at least a decade or longer with ease, but if you are sitting on more than a few bottles, feel free to pop a cork.
Feb 26, 2017points - Tasted 3879 Views
Young, but with an hour or so of air, this seductive, supple, medium/full bodied wine is making it hard to resist its sweet, fresh, kirsch, pepper, black raspberry, spice, floral and earthy pleasure. Lots of freshness and soft textures in the fruit filled finish. Drink this while you are waiting for the La Landonne to come around.
Feb 12, 2017points - Tasted 2267 Views
Medium/full bodied and very forward for this wine, the round, soft textured wine is filled with fresh black plums, cherries, licorice, earth and espresso. This is already fun to drink with 1-2 hours in the decanter.
Feb 16, 2014points - Tasted 2274 Views
Still opaque in color, this intense wine opens with mineral, smoke, blackberry, boysenberry, earth and spice. This powerful, full bodied wine is packed with layers of ripe fruit and tannins that require at least 10 -15 more years to come around. Not much of this stunning Hermitage wine is made as the production hovers at close to 500 cases per year. Fortunately, for fans of the wine, prices remain reasonable for a Northern Rhone of this quality.
May 2, 2012points - Tasted 3800 Views
Still young, tannic and demanding time, the perfume pops with kirsch liqueur, espresso, blackberries, earth, smoke and pepper. Full bodied, fresh, long and rich, when this comes around, I imagine it will be even better and deserving of a higher score. As my 1998's are still young, this is going to need some time.
Jun 1, 2013points - Tasted 2303 Views
I really like how this is showing now. Good levels of concentration, lush, sweet, ripe, but not over ripe, dark red fruits, licorice, roasted meat, round tannins and length in the finish. The wine improved in the glass. No hard edges to the tannins in this wine, it's really quite supple.
Oct 16, 2017points - Tasted 1528 Views
Wow! With little encouragement other than splash decanting, the perfume blasts with dark berries, smoke, licorice, oak and black pepper. Full bodied, long, concentrated, big and rich, every mouth coating sip is packed with flavor. This is young, yet it drinks well and will only keep getting better and better. If you're not hung up on modern vs traditional, this is worth checking out.
Nov 30, 2013points - Tasted 2075 Views
I have to say, I was disappointed in this bottle tonight. The attractive perfume delivered blackberries, earth, coffee bean, dark cherry and mocha notes. On the palate, the wine was missing the fresh acidic pop I get from Cote Rotie. It was not nearly as good as it was a few years ago. This is a wine that needs to be consumed over the next year or two, before it declines further.
Oct 2, 2015points - Tasted 2190 Views
With a nose filled with sweet, ripe, black and blue fruits, oak, coffee, earth, licorice and spice, the wine is rich, round and supple in style. Yes, it's modern. But I really liked it. It continued to fill out and the oak became less prominent as the wine sat in the glass. This is a nice expression of La Landonne.
Aug 8, 2012points - Tasted 2779 Views
A super wine that is just starting to deliver on its youthful promise. The silky texture, full body and concentration of ripe, sweet, pure fruits, coupled with complex, earthy aromatics really hits all the right spots.
Jan 17, 2016points - Tasted 2314 Views
Deep ruby in color, the color has not moved much since the day the wine was delivered. Licorice, garrigue, black raspberry, stone, coffee, blackberry and iron create the potent perfume. On the palate, the big, concentrated wine is intense, rich, fresh and filled with sweet, dark, rich, ripe, juicy, dark berries. After 2 hours in the glass, the texture developed voluptuous, silky sensations along with a sense of minerality. The wine improved in the glass throughout the night. This is just starting to drink well. And the best is yet to come.
May 26, 2012points - Tasted 3270 Views
I was shocked by how young this wine tasted. With 90 minutes of air, the truffle, licorice, cigar box, black cherry, charcoal, earth and herb character began to come out. The wine filled out, softened and delivered silky, lush, concentrated layers of fresh, sweet black cherries and spice. I'd wait another 4-5 years before popping another cork.
Jun 5, 2016points - Tasted 2279 Views
Still deeply colored, with an attention grabbing perfume filled with pepper, red and black fruits, coffee, black cherry liqueur, bacon fat, spice and earth. Rich, concentrated and powerful, this Cote Rotie is still youthful and tannic. Give it another 2-4 years. I am not sure why the top wines from Delas do not command more attention. Perhaps with its the small production, (250 cases of Landonne), people do not get to taste the wines enough. Oh well... This is better for fans of the wine, as it keeps prices down.
Nov 13, 2011points - Tasted 2431 Views
With 90 minutes of air, the bottle was really singing with its fresh, mineral driven, cherry, licorice, smoke, stone and caramel nose. Full bodied with a lot of peppery, fresh red cherry filled charm. Still young, this is serving up a nice dose of pleasure. I liked it a lot. Time and air are only going to add more complexity and softness to the wine.
Jan 4, 2014points - Tasted 2628 Views
Rich, concentrated, fleshy and refined, this voluptuously styled Hermitage wine offers mineral, sweet, ripe black raspberry, cherry liqueur, spice and earth. With a short 20 minute decant, this is already showing well.
Aug 30, 2012points - Tasted 2729 Views
Still deep in color, with 3 hours of decanting and 2 more in the glass, this was still youthful. Licorice, blackberry, earth, iron, smoke, baked cherries, coffee, pepper and cinnamon scents, this big wine is packed with soft, pure, blackberry, blueberry, black raspberries and round textures. Give it another 2-5 years. I'm looking forward to popping my first bottle of 1999 Delas Bessards and a 1990 Bessards before the end of the year.
Nov 13, 2011points - Tasted 3176 Views
1998 Delas Bessards was decanted about 2 hours before consumption. This dark colored wine has a powerful perfume that's filled with smoke, ripe plums, blackberries and spice. Still young, with fleshy textures, concentration and intensity of flavor, this round wine is approachable for a young Hermitage. The polished, black fruit filled finish lasts for close to 40 seconds! This can be enjoyed now, or over the next 12-20 years.
Oct 5, 2010points - Tasted 2994 Views
Dark ruby with a nose resembling cherries, black fruits and spices blended with iron and minerals. Good concentration and depth of flavor. Well balanced. A lot of weight on the palate with a long finish packed with ripe, juicy fruits.
Oct 12, 2008points - Tasted 2296 Views
Flowers, smoke, ripe, red, fruits and wet earth, with sprinkles of thyme on the nose hit the spot. The wine has filled in, fleshed out and softened over the years, morphing into a really tasty treat, with character and freshness.
Oct 10, 2017points - Tasted 1236 Views
A late night bottle, popped and poured. This is clearly at peak. Medium/full bodied, soft, silky and no hard edges. The fruit with is fresh, clean and filled with fresh cherries. The aromatics are there, the only drawback was the finish just did not last long enough. There is no reason to hold this any longer. I'll finish my last remaining bottles of the next few years.
Oct 7, 2015points - Tasted 2383 Views
Licorice, smoke, minerality, boysenberry, flowers, lavendar and cherries pop from the bottle before the wine is poured! Voluptuous, concentrated and open, this fresh, ripe Cote Rotie is developing well. This can be enjoyed now, or over the next 12-20 years.
Nov 3, 2012points - Tasted 1992 Views
Spice, pepper, Provencal herbs, strawberry, earth and kirsch aromas led the way to soft, polished textures, freshness and a peppery, black raspberry filled finish. This is showing great today. It's in the prime of its life. I'd drink it over the next 7-10 years.
Feb 4, 2011points - Tasted 1923 Views
1998 Delas Landonne opens up with bacon fat, cassis, dusty chocolate powder, boysenberry, coffee and violets. The full bodied texture, freshness and sweet, black raspberry flavored, rich, mid palate gives way to a silky garrigue, boysenberry and light coffee flavored finish. This is drinking perfect today.
Sep 14, 2010points - Tasted 2016 Views
This delivered a splendid perfume of ripe dark cherry and bacon fruit. Great concentration and a long, fruit filled, fresh finish with an array of black and red fruits.
Jul 1, 2008points - Tasted 1898 Views
Initially tight when popped and poured, with coaxing, smoke, blackberry and peppery scents could be found. This full bodied wine ends with a red fruit finish coupled with hints of tart cherry, that detracted from the wine.
May 26, 2010points - Tasted 1961 Views
Really nice wine, with its meaty, olive tapenade,, blackberry and earthy profile. Big, bold and concentrated, the wine has depth of flavor and complexity in the nose, leaving you with a big dose of fruit in the finish.
May 17, 2015points - Tasted 2134 Views
As wines age, every bottle is differernt. Some are better and of course, some are worse. We got lucky with this bottle of 1990 Delas Bessards, as it was much fresher and more interesting than the previous bottle from the same case. The debut vintage of Delas Bessards offers smoke, earth, minerality, black cherry, spice, truffle, tobacco and tar. Soft, elegant in a masculine sense, ripe, spicy cherries and strawberry complete the finish. This is fully mature. There is probably not much to gainied by holding it any longer.
Aug 13, 2012points - Tasted 3052 Views
A complex nose of licorice, bacon fat, spice, cherry, garrigue, smoke and ripe, black raspberry and barbeque filled the perfume. Medium/full bodied, soft and supple, this fully mature Hermitage wine finished with fresh, spicy dark berries.
Dec 4, 2011points - Tasted 1589 Views