Crozes-Hermitage, Domaine des Grand Chemins, 2010

  Delas Freres

Crozes-Hermitage, Domaine des Grand Chemins

Contains Sulphites.

About Delas Freres

Delas Frères motto is "Placing Man and Wine at the heart of the Terroir." With steeply sloping vineyards encompassing some 30 hectares of vines and adapting growing practices to each plot of vines the combination of man and nature works well for Delas Frères.

Part of the Roederer Group since 1993, CEO Fabrice Rosset brought Technical Director, Jacques Grange to the domaine in 1996. Placing importance on technical advances, investment and renovation work began including the vat-house and the cellars, each wine was reviewed and reworked. Old stainless steel vats were replaced by small 85 hl concrete vats. These containers ensure that the batches of grapes can be separated, terroir by terroir. The cellars old casks were replaced by 600 Burgundy barrels. This updating has contributed to the revival of Delas and in 2006 vineyards were expanded with the purchase of 6 hectares and 12 hectares situated in Chassis in the Crozes-Hermitage appellation.

Appellation: Crozes-Hermitage

Crozes-Hermitage is the Northern Rhône's biggest appellation covering the rolling hills surrounding Hermitage. Most of the wine is red and made exclusively from Syrah though some very good value whites can be found from the Marsanne and Roussanne grape varieties. Curiously there are only a small band of high quality producers taking advantage of this appellation, among the best would be Graillot, Pochon, Domaine du Colombier and Belle. Jaboulet and the co-operative Cave de Tain dominate much of the land. The reds are lighter than those of Hermitage and softer than those from the vineyards planted accross the river in St Joseph. Here the rich clay limestone soils are less acidic than those of the granite slopes further west, the best wines that result are usually dark, rich, spicy, sturdy wines with reasonably round, pliable textures. The vineyard area spans over 1250ha so quality can be variable, unfortunately. However a good Crozes should drink well after 2-3 years, the best keeping well for 5-7.