2009 Delas Freres Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 98
Vinous Media: 89
Red Wine
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"Ripe and flashy, with lots of roasted fig, plum and blackberry fruit, though it’s held in check for now by muscular ganache, maduro tobacco and freshly roasted espresso notes. Very grippy on the finish, but fine acidity is buried deep, boding well for the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2025." (WS)

"The magnificent 2009 Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes boasts a black/purple color as well as a wonderful nose of creosote, incense, charcoal, blackberry jam, acacia flowers, white chocolate and a hint of espresso roast. Full-bodied and unctuously textured with low acidity and magnificent density, this 2009 can be drunk in 5-6 years or cellared for 30-50 years.

Another great negociant with significant vineyard holdings, and at the top of their game, is undeniably Delas, owned by the Louis Roederer/Deutz Champagne firm. Since they acquired Delas well over a decade ago, this firm has been under the management of Burgundian Jacques Grange, who has done an outstanding job producing a sensational array of wines. The 2009s appear to be their finest overall performances to date, and the 2010s are noteworthy successors in a more restrained, mineral dominated, crisper style. Jacques Grange did a fabulous job with his Cote Roties in both 2009 and 2010, the latter being a somewhat more challenging vintage in this appellation. The Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes (until the 2009 vintage, this offering was known as the Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette) is sensational in both 2010 and 2009. Three thousand cases of this cuvee are produced, and the wine is aged in French oak, 50% new." (WA)

"Pitch black. Ripe cherry and blackcurrant on the nose, with complicating notes of licorice and black tea. Dense and chewy, with powerful dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that show a slightly roasted element. Becomes livelier with air and picks up a peppery quality that carries through the finish." (IWC)