2009 Delas Freres Cote-Rotie Seigneur de Maugiron

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92-94
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
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"A strong effort, the 2009 Cote Rotie Seigneur de Maugiron is the softest of all Delas's 2009 Northern Rhones, offering up notes of black olives, lychee nuts, raspberries and black currants. This finesse-styled, elegant red should provide delicious drinking over the next 10-15 years.

Under the inspired leadership of winemaker/administrator Jacques Grange, who has carte blanche authority from the proprietors, the Louis Roederer/Deutz Champagne firm, Delas has been on a fabulous qualitative roll for over a decade. They have enjoyed some great successes, so it is hard to say 2009 may be the magnum opus of Jacques Grange, but it certainly looks fabulous." (WA)

"Bright ruby. An exotic, perfumed bouquet evokes raspberry, Asian spices, potpourri and minerals. Nervy on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering lush red fruit flavors and an exotic floral quality. The finish is taut, spicy and long, leaving behind notes of cracked pepper, smoke and minerals." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
This very ancient region dates back to the Roman Era and is located on the right bank of the Rhône. The steep, terraced hillsides along the river produce wines that are among the biggest reds of France. In the northern part of the vineyard, the Côte Brune consists of extremely steep, terraced slopes of ferruginous mica schists which are covered with schist sand (arzel).The Côte Blonde has a varied geology with gneiss and granite predominating at the most southern side of the appellation.

The grapes for the "Seigneur de Maugiron" cuvee are picked by hand, plot by plot, at peak maturity. Fermentation takes place in traditional open-topped concrete tanks, following three days of pre-fermentary cold maceration. The maceration process continues under controlled temperatures of 82°F to 86°F (28°C to 30°C). Daily cap pushing down and pumping over are carried out for 12 days with total vatting time of up to 20 days. After de-vatting and pressing, the malolactic fermentation takes place in oak casks. The wine is aged for 14 to 16 months, 50% in news oak casks and 50% in one-year-old casks. The barrels are topped up regularly.

Tasting Notes
The color is deep crimson. The powerful yet subtle nose of Côte-Rôtie "Seigneur de Maugiron" has black currant, red currant, licorice and smoky aromas, underscored with light woody notes. The palate shows a tightly knit tannic framework. The wine is well-balanced with a silky texture. It unites fine concentration with great delicacy. Pair this wine with fine meats, beef, water game, truffles and, spicy stews. It is recommended you open the bottle one to three hours before drinking.