2015 Delas Freres Cornas Chante-Perdrix

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 91
Jeb Dunnuck: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 95
Decanter: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"Offers a delicious core of gently mulled blueberry, blackberry and black currant fruit that is matched by a mix of floral, mineral and singed spice notes throughout. The long chalky spine is well-buried on the finish, letting all the elements play out suavely through the finish. Best from 2021 through 2036. -J.M" (WS)

"The 2015 Cornas Chante Perdrix is a blend of several parcels, vinified in concrete and aged primarily in oak. It's dark and concentrated, although admittedly not the most muscular Cornas. Black currant and cedar notes combine along with peppery hints of Montreal smoked meat to yield a savory impression. It's all held together by fine-grained, dusty tannins, which leave a lingering soft texture on the long, licorice-tinged finish. Already enjoyable, it should develop well for 10-12 years or more." (WA)

"Dark purple. Expansive aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, smoky Indian spices and olive, with a suave floral nuance that gains strength with air. Deeply concentrated but energetic as well, offering palate-staining blueberry and violet pastille flavors and building spiciness. Rounded tannins add gentle grip to a strikingly long penetrating finish that clings with strong tenacity." (VM)

"Moody dark plums, blackberries and some stony elements. This is quite fruit-focused. The palate has a succulent, open-knit red plum and raspberry core. Drink now." (JS)

"Moving to the 2015s, this is an undeniably great, great vintage from winemakers Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud. Starting with his single Cornas release, the 2015 Cornas Chante Perdrix is a big, rich effort that makes the most of this brilliant vintage. Loaded with notions of cassis, plums, saddle leather and barbecue smoke, it's full-bodied, opulent and sexy on the palate, with sweet tannin. Drink this big, seriously textured beauty anytime over the coming 10-15 years." (JD)

"Firm, penetrating tannins and deep mineral complexities frame concentrated flavors of black cherry and plum in this ripe and muscular wine, elegantly balanced by vibrant acidity and a lingering violet and sage perfume. Still taut, it should improve from 2025 and hold longer." (WE)

"Delas Frères was founded in 1835 and merged with Champagne Deutz in 1977. In 1993, both were absorbed by Louis Roederer which now owns this 30ha estate, encompassing vineyards in Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. Chante Perdrix is farmed by a partner grower, highlighting the quality fruit available to them. This single- parcel wine, made by Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud-McKerrow has spent 12 to 14 months in oak barrels. 15,000 bottles are made. Gearoid Devaney MS: Abounding with dark fruits, roses and spicy nuances, this is an intense style that shows fine ripe tannins and a solid middle. Great acidity and a mineral streak carry it onto a long finish. Simon Field MW: Full of liquorice and violet aromas. In the mouth there are elegant tannins and firm acidity. Modern, yes, but also respectful of its provenance and granitic reputation. Matt Walls: Liquorice, tarragon and mineral black fruits. Full bodied, juicy and ripe with balancing acidity. Lots of life and a lifted glint on the finish. Drinking Window 2019 - 2029. "(Decanter)

Winery Notes:
The vineyard lies entirely on the commune of Cornas located on the right Rhône river bank. The soils are varied, with odd alluvium deposits on steep, shale slopes that are held up by dry stone walls. The climate is mid continental, well protected and exposed to the sun by steep south and south-east facing slopes. This wine is a blend from grapes grown on various plots, all of them are facing due south.

All the grapes for the cuvée "Chante Perdrix" are picked by hand, plot by plot, when they have reached their optimal maturity. Fermentation takes place in traditional, open-topped concrete tanks, and after three days pre-fermentary skin contact at cool temperatures takes place. Maceration continues at computer controlled temperatures between 82°F to 90°F (28° and 32°C). Daily cap pushing down and pumping over are carried out for about 10 days; the total maceration time is up to 20 days. After de-vatting and pressing, malolactic fermentation is carried out in oak barrels. Ageing lasts between 14 and 16 months, 50 percent in new oak casks, 50 percent in one-year-old casks. These are regularly topped up.

Tasting Notes
The color is an intense garnet red. In its youth, this wine has strong cassis aromas. With time, the fruit aromas gradually fade, giving way to hints of pepper and licorice. The palate is structured and has the strongly defined flavors that are typical of this terroir.

Pair this wine with grilled beef, wild mushrooms and spicy stews made with game.

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