Delas Freres Winery was founded 160 years ago in the heart of the northern Côtes du Rhône. The majority of Delas Frères vineyards are located on the steep granite slopes of the northern Rhône. Delas Freres wines are also produced utilizing grapes which are supplied from some of the best southern Rhone growers. In 1977, the Lallier-Deutz family, owners of champagne house, Champagne Deutz acquired Delas Freres and some 16 years later both were acquired by the well known champagne house of Louis Roederer according to our Delas Freres wine reviews. Today, Delas wines are crafted by winemaker Jacques Grange under the ACs of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux. While the majority of Delas wines are known for their excellent value it is their Cote Rotie and other northern Rhone offerings that tend to find their way to the top of our Delas Freres wine ratings. To see which of these wines is right for you check out our Delas Freres wine guide below.
A dash of Viognier in the blend gives aromatic lift to this Côtes du Rhône, which tastes like honeyed peaches over sun-warmed stones. It's full and broad without being overblown, but seems to be teetering on the edge, with signs of age starting to creep in. Drink up.
This Crozes is lean and herbal, but is nonetheless compelling. Sweet berry fruit, resin and olive aromas lead into a palate highlighted by minerals, white pepper and dried spices. Mouthfeel is dry but structured; finishes with white pepper and minerals. Editors’ Choice
Full and even dark fruit with spice and cream notes mark this handsome, affordable red. It’s not at all heavy, and is quite tasty, with dry herb-tobacco shadings on the tart, dry berry flavors. Finishes with nice length, and goes down real easy, just like the 1998, which performed well in our World Cup of Syrah last fall. Editors’ Choice.
This bone dry, delicate wine has scents and flavors of limes and grapefruit, roasted hazelnuts, and a touch of white peach, compounded by pretty notes of smoky oak. It is young and lean in the mouth, marked by citrus flavors and high acidity.
Delas has made a Vacqueyras from the 61-acre Domaine des Genets since 1990, and the alluvial soil of the estate gives deep, plummy fruit with rich tannins and a fine layer of acidity. It is not a heavyweight, but is fine and elegant.
After a tough 2002 vintage, Delas has bounced back nicely with this wine, which shows uncommon depth and intensity for a humble Côtes du Ventoux. Bold scents of black cherries, blackberries and earth rise from the glass and there’s plenty of richness on the palate, even some slightly rustic tannins to help rein in all that fruit. Notes of licorice, tar and earth on…
A borad-shouldered and extracted wine, it also has some hard edges that demand cellaring. Herbal and cherry scents mix with darker, plummier notes on the nose, while the palate folds in earthy nuances. The one concern is that the alcohol level comes through a bit on the finish.
The 2007 Les Launes starts off with a harmonious mix of Mexican chocolate, clove, leather and cherry aromas, and the flavors closely mirror them. The wine is mouthfilling yet fresh, and the only quibble is that the flavors fade a bit quickly on the finish. Drink now–2015.