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2015 Delas Crozes-Hermitage Les Launes


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Our Price: $34.99 / bottle (RRP: $39.99) Case: 6 x 750ml

'The best vintage for this cuvée to date... this terrific Syrah shows the richness and purity of the vintage.'
Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

  • The village of Crozes-Hermitage lies just north of Hermitage proper. The appellation of Crozes-Hermitage is the largest in the northern Rhône valley, covering nearly 2,100 acres. The region consists of primarily Syrah grapes that are aromatic, rich and full-bodied. Delas has been buying grapes from family growers in this region for over 100 years.


    The soil varies from granite sub-soils in the North to both fluvialglacial alluviums and terraces of rolled river bed stones, mixed with loess in the South. The climate has a southerly exposure in the hillside areas. The "Mistral" is the dominant wind. The grapes are handpicked at optimum ripeness and all grapes are de-stemmed. Fermentation takes place at controlled temperatures of 82°F to 90°F (28°C to 32°C) in open concrete tanks. After de-vatting and pressing, malolactic fermentation is carried out in tanks. A small portion of the wine is aged in barrels that gives just a touch of oak to the final blend. The rest stays in tanks to preserve the full fruit aromas. These wines are then racked regularly to provide them with natural stabilisation of their components.


    The wine has a deep garnet red colour. It is fruity on the nose with strong aromas of cassis, plums and a touch of violets. The tannic structure is ample and well-rounded, which assures good ageing potential.

    Serving - This wine pairs well with game, grilled meats and rich foods and sauces.

    Varietal - 100% Syrah

    Alc/vol - 13.0%


    'There are three Crozes Hermitage releases in 2015, all of which are noteworthy. I suspect the best vintage for this cuvée to date, the tank-aged 2015 Crozes Hermitage les Launes sports an inky purple color as well as terrific notes of plums, black raspberries, toasted spice and damp earth. Medium to full-bodied, polished and elegant, with sweet tannin, this terrific Syrah shows the richness and purity of the vintage.'
    90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

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