In 1835, Charles Audibert and Philippe Delas purchased the Maison Junique wine merchant in Tournon-sur-Rhône, which they renamed “Audibert et Delas”. In 1924, Henri and Florentin Delas took over the company which they renamed “Delas Frères”. They continued to develop the trading business and the family estate by purchasing a vineyard in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and expanding the Hermitage vineyards in order to ensure consistent quality for their production.
In 2015, to celebrate Delas Frères’ 180th anniversary, the Deutz-Delas Group purchased a new property in the middle of Tain-l’Hermitage. Its showcase technical facilities will be used to vinify the highest quality appellations produced by Delas Frères.
I recently caught up with Export Manager Etienne Defosse to taste through a small selection of their classic Delas cuvees.
Delas Viognier Vin de Pays 2016, 13 Abv.
Vibrant cool and fresh, fine mineral balance, pithy white citrus and lovely elegance. Plenty of interest here.
(Wine Safari 87+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
Delas Cotes du Rhône Saint Esprit Blanc 2016, 14 Abv.
Grenache Blanc and Viognier blend, sweet blossom, peach and marmalade opulence. Hints of Turkish delight and pineapple pastille depth. Really delicious offering.
(Wine Safari 88+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
Delas Syrah Vin de Pays 2016, 12 Abv.
Sweet intense nose with piercing red plum, peppercorn spice, savoury meats and a supple, fleshy, overt finish with a kiss of wood smoke.
(Wine Safari 88/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
Delas Cotes du Rhône Saint Esprit Rouge 2016, 14 Abv.
Northern producer view with Syrah base with a touch of Grenache. Nose packed with black cherry, gun smoke, liquorice and graphite nuances. Wonderful sweet black cherry pastille, supple elegant soft tannins and a long , polished pure savoury bramble berry mineral finish.
(Wine Safari 89/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
Delas Domaine des Genets Vacqueyras 2015, 14 Abv.
Rich dark and broody, packs plenty of plummy, savoury, black peppery depth. Five spice, black cherry pithe and supple, dark brambly finish. Punchy but not rustic, plenty of focus and freshness with intensity.
(Wine Safari 90/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
Delas Chateauneuf-du-Pape Haut Pierre 2015, 15 Abv.
Sweet tannery leather, grilled herbs and spices. Touch of dusty garrigue. Full, plush and elegant, wonderfully fleshy, never heavy, impressively polished tannins and a long, sweet brambly finish.
(Wine Safari 91+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
Delas Crozes Hermitages Les Launes 2016, 13 Abv.
Deep, dark, peppery dusty crushed gravel and wood spice nose with hints of barbecue smoke. Broody, savoury black berry and garrigue spice with subtle cured meats and German deli savoury complexity on the finish. Classy.
(Wine Safari 92/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
Delas Domaines des Grands Chemins Crozes-Hermitage 2015, 14 Abv.
Intense, pithy, piquant nose with dark exotic peppercorn spice, black cherry, grey slate and barbecued meats. Dusty, very mineral with a saline edge, this has depth, length and graphite complexity with focused power.
(Wine Safari 93/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
Delas Saint Joseph Les Challeys 2016, 13 Abv.
Beautiful melange of soft black pastille fruits, perfume, violets and cherry blossom. But delicious red berry fruit opulence is never far away. Wonderful notes of cassis, and graphite follow to a deliciously pure palate with supple tannins, mineral spice and a fresh, vibrant elegance. Iron fist in the proverbial velvet glove. Wonderful Syrah class.
(Wine Safari 93+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
Delas Domaine des Tourettes Hermitage 2015, 14 Abv.
Broody dark nose with massive complex array of perfumed aromatics. Layers of sweet cassis, salty liquorice, violets, black olive, and black cherry with wonderfully fresh, piercing concentration. A very noble wine, profound depth, delicious Syrah power and impressive intensity.
(Wine Safari 94+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)