2003 Delas Frères Hermitage Les Bessards Hermitage Wine Tasting Note

2003 Delas Frères Les Bessards  (Hermitage) 96

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.

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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.

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Delas Freres Cellars Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Delas Freres Cote Rotie, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Delas Freres Cote Rotie, when young, should be decanted at least 1-3 hours, give or take, allowing the wines to soften and open their perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Delas Freres Cote Rotie is usually better with 5-12 years of cellaring and should be at its best between 10-20 years of age.

Serving Delas Freres Cote Rotie with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Delas Freres Cote Rotie is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Delas Freres Cote Rotie 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 Cote Rotie 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.

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