Saint Joseph, Cuvee Francois de Tournon, 2010

  Delas Freres

Saint Joseph, Cuvee Francois de Tournon

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: St Joseph

A Northern Rhône appellation that produces red wines from the Syrah grape and white wines that can be a blend of Marsanne and Roussanne. Potentially some very good quality wines can be produced on the steep east-facing granite slopes, however the vineyard area was expanded in the 70s and 80s to the less suitable land on the plateau too so the appellation is now a large one and quality can be variable. The vineyard area stretches a long way from Condrieu in the North to near Valence in the south spanning over 900 ha. Tournon, Mauves and St-Jean-de-Muzols are some of the main towns around which the original terraced vineyards of St Joseph were and still are planted. St Joseph Red and white lacks the weight and ripeness of a Hermitage or the complexity of a Côte Rôtie. The average wine is designed for early drinking over 2-3 years after the vintage, being soft and supple in its youth, perhaps less round and smooth than a Crozes-Hermitage but with more acidity. However there are a number of very good producers in the region now that make reds to be drunk 4 - 8 years after the vintage, the best can reach heights very rarely achieved by Crozes-Hermitage and make for excellent value. The whites can be very good too, full-bodied and floral, often with low acidity, so they are usually best drunk within three years of the vintage. Some of the most highly regarded examples of St Joseph come from, Andre Perret, Francois Villard, Pierre Gaillard, Jean-Louis Chave, Coursodon and Gonon.