2010 Delas Freres Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"One of the finest Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes I have ever tasted is the 2010, which comes close to rivaling their prodigious 2009. A wine of great intensity, it possesses an inky/purple color, plenty of creme de cassis, licorice, lead pencil shavings, camphor, flint and barbecue smoke characteristics, and a thickness and viscosity that eclipse that of the 2009. Full-bodied and powerful with sweet tannins, a striking floral/mineral component in the mid-palate, and a huge, massive finish, this brilliant Hermitage should be consumed between 2018-2035.

Over the last 10-15 years, Delas Freres, which had muddled along with no great distinction for many years, has hit full stride under the ownership of the Louis Roederer-Deutz Champagne firm and the management of Jacques Grange, who continues to push the envelope of quality for both the Northern and Southern Rhone selections. The top single vineyard wines are world class in every sense, often flirting with perfection. Moreover, readers should realize this is also an impressive source for value. Delas’s top St.-Joseph cuvee comes from the hillside vineyards overlooking the small commune of St.-Jean de Muzols. The Delas firm owns 25 acres in Hermitage from which they make a basic cuvee, called Domaine des Tourettes, and, in the greatest vintages, a luxury cuvee, Les Bessards, which comes entirely from the great lieu-dit of the same name. Delas has long had a reputation for making outstanding Condrieu, of which he makes two cuvees." (WA)

"Inky purple. Deeply pitched aromas of cassis, blueberry, Moroccan spices and violet, plus a strong note of smoky minerals. Lush, expansive black and blue fruit compote flavors are impressively fresh, with a lively mineral spine adding back-end cut. Very deep but surprisingly lively, with strong finishing sweetness, clarity and smokiness. " (IWC)

Winery Notes:
The Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes is the first wine to be produced by DELAS FRERES exclusively from the 8.5 hectares that we farm on the famous hill that overlooks the town of Tain. This cuvée is a blend of wines from three separate plots: l’Ermite, le Sabot and the famous terroir named Les Bessards. Within our range of wines, this wine starting with the 2009 vintage will replace the Marquise de la Tourette cuvée.

The estate’s vineyards are all harvested by hand when the grapes achieve optimal maturity. Vinification is usually traditional, in open concrete fermenting tanks following two days of cold soaking. Fermentation temperatures are maintained between 28°C and 30°C. Cap punching and pumping over take place daily for about 10 days. The total fermentation/maceration period is about 20 days for this type of wine, but it was extended to 25 days because of the exceptional qualities of this vintage. After running off the wine and pressing the skins, malolactic fermentation took place in oak barrels. The wine was aged over an 18 month period in oak barrels, and then for two more months in concrete tanks prior to bottling. Half the barrels were new and half were one year old. They were racked just twice to provide the necessary oxygen to help mature and round-out the tannins.

Tasting Notes:
The wine has a deep garnet-red hue with purple tinges. The nose, as with all good Hermitages, is both intense and complex. On the palate the wine is well-built and its ample volume reveals the fine qualities of its granite terroir, finishing with a refreshing mineral-like edge.

Pair this wine with rare or well-cooked red meat, roasted game, marinated meat dishes and game stews. We recommend opening this bottle between one and three hours before drinking.