Delas Frères is a winery of tradition and renewal. Founded in 1835 in the heart of the northern Côtes du Rhône, the winery has thrived with the dynamism of its original founders and their heirs and more recently, the renewed energy of the Lallier-Deutz family, owners of Champagne Deutz.
Delas Frères and Champagne Deutz were acquired by Maison Louis Roederer in 1993. André Lallier retired from daily winery duties in 1996, and Fabrice Rosset, a 20-year executive with Roederer, today leads both Delas and Deutz.
The St Joseph appellation is a slightly mixed bag in 2014, but these releases from Delas offer plenty to love. A straight up gorgeous wine that’s up with the crème de la crème of the vintage, the 2014 Saint Joseph Sainte Epine sports an inky color as well as terrific notes of cassis, graphite, crushed rocks and smoked meats. Rich, medium-bodied, nicely concentrated and focused, it's more Hermitage than St Joseph. Drink it anytime over the coming decade.
Winemaker Jacques Granges continues to keep this large estate up with the crème de la crème of the Northern Rhône. ~93WA
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