2009 Delas Freres Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 88
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$26.95

AGED, DRINKS GREAT!!

"This fresh, pure red delivers mouthwatering cut, which keeps the plum, red currant and violet notes nicely defined. A whiff of mesquite chimes in on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 100 cases imported. –JM " (WS)

"The 2009 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins spends time in both barrel and tank. Deeper, richer and more ageworthy than Les Launes, it boasts a dense purple color along with an impressive bouquet of camphor, graphite, spring flowers, tapenade and creme de cassis.

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)

"Deep ruby. Fresh red fruit and floral aromas are given depth by suggestions of licorice and black cardamom. Ripe blackberry and bitter cherry flavors show good clarity and shut down slightly with air. The finish repeats the cherry note and lingers with good, chewy tenacity." (VM)

"A smoking Crozes-Hermitage, the 2009 Delas Frères Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins delivers a wild bouquet of crunchy black fruits, loamy earth, meat, olive, hints of wood, and leafy tobacco. Upfront and beautifully fruited, yet with solid underlying structure and good acidity, this delicious red needs air to show at its best, and should continue to shine for a 5-8 years. More than a little impressive and drinking way above its price point, this should not be missed by northern Rhône lovers and is worth the effort to track down!" (JD)