2003 Delas Frères Hermitage Les Bessards Hermitage Wine Tasting Note

  1. 2003 Delas Frères Les Bessards (Hermitage)

    1. 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.

      96 points - Tasted
    2. 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.

      95 points - Tasted
Delas Freres Cellars Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

Delas Freres Cote Rotie Vineyards, Grapes, Wines, Winemaking

Delas Freres produces 2 wines in Cote Rotie.

Delas Freres La Landonne made its debut with the 1997 vintage. The wine is made from 100% old vine Syrah, planted in the famous La Landonne vineyard. The grapes are all from purchased fruit that comes from vineyard with vines that are older than 50 years of age. The oldest vines for this wine are more than 70 years of age! The grapes are 100% destemmed. The grapes are cold macerated before fermentation, there are minimal rackings and the wine is aged on its its fine lees. 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. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. This wine is then aged in an average of 40% to 50% new, French oak barrels for close to 18 months before bottling. Delas Freres La Landonne is a small production wine, making it hard to find. On average, slightly more than 200 cases are produced every year, making it difficult to find after release. The wine is expensive, but it's a beautiful, rich, powerful, perfumed, age worthy expression of Cote Rotie.

Delas Freres Seigneur de Maugiron is their entry level wine. Seigneur de Maugiron is produced from a combination of grape sources. 40% of the fruit is sourced from land owned by Delas Freres while 60% the grapes comes from purchased fruit. Two thirds of the grapes are grown on the Cote Brune. The remainder of the harvest comes from the Cote Blonde. All together, the vines are planted in 7 different lieux-dits. Some the vines owned by Delas are old, as they planted in the 1950's. The wine is aged for between 16 to 18 months in an average of 15% new, French oak barrels before bottling. About 1,800 cases of Delas Freres Seigneur de Maugiron are produced each vintage.

As of today, for Delas Freres in Cote Rotie, 2009 La Landonne is their best vintage yet. But in the years to come, 2010 might take the edge. Either way, it's going to be a lot of fun comparing the two vintages over the next few decades!

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 1-3 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.

Condrieu, 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.