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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 35 
ProducerDelas Frères (web)
DesignationDomaine des Tourettes
SubRegionNorthern Rhône
UPC Code(s)3359950225818, 753625103464

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2017 and 2042 (based on 25 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Delas Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.3 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 53 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Giggs on 7/2/2015 & rated 92 points: Decanted 1 hour. Big, ripe, juicy purple fruit, mountain flowers and underbrush, black stone grounds, strong fine tannins on the finish. Enjoyable to drink young, but it will benefit from five years or so. Drink 2020-2027. (448 views)
 Tasted by MikeATL on 5/9/2015 & rated 90 points: Brisket, Bordeaux, and Rhones: Ripe but pure, with decent minerality, a little tang from the stems, and ample but ripe tannin, it may not be my favorite expression of Hermitage, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. (1889 views)
 Tasted by bajayngo on 4/13/2015: Quick note from a friends 50th bday party. Classic north rhone lavander, cured meats, pepper, dark berries and drinking relatively young. (2058 views)
 Tasted by Camben on 1/1/2015 & rated 92 points: Very plush. Big and chewy. Licorice and hay. Fruit develops. Somewhat backwards. Blue fruit. Should have decanted for a few hours. (3075 views)
 Tasted by Gurto on 12/31/2014 & rated 92 points: Delas Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes 2009
Doftar mörkt och rikt av blåbär, mörka körsbär, kryddigt av enbär, peppar och torkade örter. Därtill viol, sötlakrits, blodigt kött, lite jordigt samt lite volatila toner av lösningsmedel.
I munnen mycket koncentrerat och kraftigt med fin stram struktur, kryddighet, frisk syra och rejäla tanniner.

Mycket gott men bör lagras längre. 92p (2802 views)
 Tasted by mgmucha on 12/5/2014 & rated 94 points: Delicious, beautiful muted bouquet of bacon, dark red fruit. Meaty, rich, long finish. Decanted, got better and better, peaking when the bottle was finished ~3 hours in. Awesome rhone syrah. (2902 views)
 Tasted by olalar on 10/27/2014 flawed bottle: corked (3107 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 7/29/2014 & rated 93 points: En carafe pour environ 3 heures et bu avec un champvallon de Wapiti, veau et bison.
Très beau nez sur le bacon, les mures, la fumée et les olives.
En bouche, beaucoup de matière, d`amplitude et de complexité malgré sa prime jeunesse.
De belles saveurs riches de mures, de cassis, de lard et de poivre. De beaux tannins charnus et cette minéralité qui revient encore!
Long et dense en finale...Impeccable et sur une pente ascendante! (4137 views)
 Tasted by clubs on 5/24/2014 & rated 92 points: drinking well - possibly better with time (3532 views)
 Tasted by mtolerico on 5/16/2014 & rated 93 points: Red fruits and meat dominate. Medium plus acidity and medium body. Overall it's well balanced and silky smooth with a long life ahead of it. I honestly don't know where the high 90 point scores come from as it just wasn't complex enough for me to be rated that high, but it's really well made and very enjoyable. (3645 views)
 Tasted by BillyT on 5/9/2014 & rated 93 points: Dinner at Piatti Elian San Antonio. Incredible wine. I must find more. Perfect harmony of flavor, structure, balance in a very young wine. This wine should be 'stunning' in 3-5 years or more. Sorry so minimalistic notes. (3445 views)
 Tasted by jonnyoro on 3/30/2014: Score reserved- somewhat lacking in typicity and not all that good. Let's see what happens here... (3661 views)
 Tasted by Drankard on 3/10/2014 & rated 92 points: Leans towards modern in style but done very well, not spoofalated. Balanced, nice structure, still very primary. Not my style of wine but still very good. What does the future hold? (3437 views)
 Tasted by helderramos on 2/12/2014 & rated 95 points: Vinho com predomínio de Shiraz, excepcional. Aroma a frutas negras sutil, adocicado, que evolui muito na taça. Encorpado, forte, intenso. Taninos potentes. Um bela experiência. (1950 views)
 Tasted by KingClint on 2/4/2014 & rated 92 points: 92 now but has potential. Way to young old onto these for many years (3042 views)
 Tasted by pauljr1121 on 1/25/2014 & rated 93 points: Decanted for six hours and it was not even close to long enough. Six days would have been better. Or maybe the DeLorean directed to 2034. Had some impressive dark fruit and coffee notes but it just felt like it needed to be laid down for at least 3-5 more years. The core was very promising and suspects a very long life ahead. Hope to find another. (3036 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 1/11/2014 & rated 89 points: Lactic nose, vegetal, a bit too much alcohol, black fruit, licorice, hint of vegetal... relatively hard tannins, underlying fruit... is this a representative bottle or is it in a closed phase??? (2695 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 1/11/2014 & rated 93 points: Black cherries, sandalwood, smoke... taste of black cherries, mineral, nice acidity (2990 views)
 Tasted by Holagatitos on 12/25/2013 & rated 92 points: Very young and still needs a lot of time to come around. Right now drinking lovely after about 8 hours in a decanter. Surprisingly gentle with a long finish. Gravel, graphite, slight spice, smoke, and firm acidity marks the bottle at this point, but is sure to continue to open more and develop in the bottle (2703 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 10/11/2013 & rated 94 points: Encore une fois excellent...même sensations et perseptions que mes autres notes et CR.
Du bon jus pour encore longtemps! (3808 views)
 Tasted by Opusone99 on 7/25/2013 & rated 93 points: Sans prise de notes. Délicieux à nouveau! (4606 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 3/24/2013 & rated 95 points: Beautiful nose of "viande faisandée", ripe cherries... hint of ripe tannins, nice freshness, oriental spices, average lenght (6040 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 1/17/2013 & rated 94 points: En carafe pour environ 2 heures. De mieux en mieux, je me range avec Parker pour la note!
Encore une fois SUPERBE produit surtout à ce prix.
Nez sur la fumée, la viande (smoked meat) et les violettes!
En bouche c'est une main de vleours dans un gant de fer! Du fruit dense et noir avec une belle complexité.
C'est précis et frais avec une belle acidité. De beaux tannins bien enrobés avec une finale de longueur titanesque.
Tout simplement délicieux et gouleyant, difficile à croire mais sera mieux dans 2 - 5 années...
On en redemande!!! (6985 views)
 Tasted by Sundbyberg on 12/29/2012 & rated 90 points: A lot less power and fruit this time, and therefore more as I prefer my redwines. Balanced, elegant but lacks a little bit personality. Just a nice wine.
Opened the night before, had a glas, then 1 hour decant including a double decant before dinner. (6746 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 12/26/2012 & rated 93 points: En carafe pour environ 2 heures. Encore une fois SUPERBE produit surtout à ce prix.
Nez sur la fumée et la viande avec un beau boisé raffiné!
En bouche c'est fin et ample en même temps, belle densité de fruits avec une complexité sans équivoque.
Un beau fruit noir et des épices, c'est précis et frais. De beaux tannins charnus et bien enrobés avec une finale interminable.
L'apothéose du vin complet tout simplement délicieux...UN WOW encore une fois!!! (6017 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #11 (3/18/2012)
(Delas Frères Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes) Login and sign up and see review text.   96+ points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, March/April 2012, IWC Issue #161
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2011, IWC Issue #154
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/26/2010)
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Delas Frères

Producer Website
Since 1996, the firm of Delas Frères has fully retrieved the glory and spirit that made its fame. A highly motivated team is proud to help give a new lease of life to this great Rhône Valley wine merchant firm, founded in 1835. Under the guidance of its current management, numerous investments have been made at the winery at Saint-Jean-de-Muzols, near Tournon-sur-Rhône. A specially designed fermentation hall for the making of red wines, and a thorough rebuilding of the ageing cellar are amongst the key elements of the new quality charter from Delas Frères. This can be summed up in one sentence : place man and wine at the centre of the stage, together with terroir.


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Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Northern Rhône

Guide to the wines and appellations of the Northern Rhone Valley -

The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Regional History:
Phocaean Greeks established viticulture in the Rhone as far back as 600 BC, but until the 14th century the wines were not seen outside the region. The establishment of the Avignonese Papacy (1305-1377) brought fame to the region's wine-so much so that their Burgundian neighbors to the north banned wines from the Rhone in 1446, a measure that effectively cut off trade with England and other Northern European markets for over 200 years. Stretching southward from Lyon to just south of Avignon, the Rhone produces a wide variety of wines, with the appellations north of Valence producing the least (in volume), and the towns south of Montelimar producing prodigious amounts. As in other regions, the most interesting wines come from small farms. Saint-Joseph, in the northern Rhone, extends for some distance between Condrieu in the north to Saint-Peray in the south. The reds are made from Syrah and the rare whites from Marsanne and Rousanne, and Viognier.


Guide to Hermitage wine

• The appellation stretches over 3 com­munes in the Drôme "département" : Tain-l'Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Larnage.

• The soils are a combination of grani­te with alluvial quaternary delta depo­sits, and, on the eastern side, Pliocene clay. This diversity explains the nume­rous different names given to vineyard plots within the appellation : Bessards, Greffieux, Méal, Roucoule, Beaumes, etc.

• The meso-climate provides shelter from the north winds, where the majo­rity of the slopes is well exposed, facing south.

•The vineyards area adds up to 134 hectares/331 acres, with an annual production of 3,635 hectoliters. Authorized maxi­mum yield is 40 hectoliters/hectare (2.3 US tons/acres).

• Grape varieties : Syrah (an addition of up to 15% of Marsanne or Roussanne is allowed).

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