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2011 Delas Hermitage Rouge "Domaine des Tourettes"


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Our Price: $119.99 / bottle (RRP: $149.00) Case: 3 x 750ml

'While a big wine, it has remarkable freshness and purity, serious mid-palate depth and silky tannin, all of which allow it to dish out loads of pleasure.'
95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

  • 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 82°F and 86°F (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. 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.


    The wine has a brillant, deep red hue. The nose is powerful and complex, expressing blackberries, spices and leather. On the palate the wine is firm but silky, with a tightly-knit tannic structure that is the hallmark of wines that have a good future.

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

    Varietal - 100% Syrah.

    Alc/vol - 13.0%


    'Starting off the 2011s, both of which were tasted out of bottle numerous times, the 2011 Hermitage Domaine de Tourettes is another blockbuster from this producer. Full-bodied, rich, layered and voluptuously textured, it offers up a beautiful bouquet of smoked herbs, leather, ground pepper and assorted meaty nuances that are grounded by a rich core of cassis and darker berry fruit. While a big wine, it has remarkable freshness and purity, serious mid-palate depth and silky tannin, all of which allow it to dish out loads of pleasure, even now. Enjoy it over the coming 15-20 years.'
    95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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