2010 Delas Freres Cotes-du-Rhone St Esprit Blanc

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 87
White Wine
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"A sleeper of the vintage, the 2010 Cotes du Rhone St.-Esprit Blanc is dominated by its Viognier component. It offers aromas of white peaches, apricots and spring flowers as well as medium body, good acidity, excellent precision and abundant character. Enjoy this fresh white over the next 12-18 months.

As I noted last year, there has been tremendous progress and a definitive amelioration of quality with respect to the Chateauneuf du Papes being produced by Delas." (WA)

"(70% grenache blanc and 10% each clairette, bourboulenc and viognier, all raised in stainless steel): Light, bright gold. Fresh pear, quince and honeysuckle aromas, with a touch of orange pith in the background. A juicy, slightly loose-knit midweight that shows good breadth to its orchard fruit flavors. Finishes with good cling, decent length and a refreshing touch of bitter pear skin. I'd serve this wine with rich, buttery foods." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
The Côtes-du-Rhône Saint-Esprit Blanc consists of a blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Viognier varietals from the vineyards of the Southern Rhône Valley. The Grenache adds structure to the wine while the Clairette and Bourboulenc contribute to its fine aromatic quality.

Winemaking:
Vinified through the traditional method, this Côtes-du-Rhône shows the strength of the terroir. The grapes are harvested at the peak of their maturity and acidity balance. After pressing and cold settling for a period of 24 hours, the musts are racked and fermented in stainless steel tanks at a maximum temperature of 65°F. Malolactic fermentation is avoided to preserve natural balance and freshness in the wine and to enhance its finesse. The blend is then stored in stainless steel tanks until bottling. Prior to the bottling, the wine is lightly fined and filtered to ensure perfect stability.

Tasting Notes:
The Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc has a golden straw hue with green tinges. The main aromas are reminiscent of white flowers and yellow fruit, enhanced by touches of exotic and citrus fruit.On the palate, the wine is alert, seductively suave and fresh. It can be paired with grilled fish or enjoyed as an aperitif.