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[SOLD-OUT] Delas Freres Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Haute Pierre Rouge 2009

Robert Parker 92 Points!

Grape Varieties: 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache
Appellation:  Chateauneuf-Du-Pape AC
Region:  Southern Rhone, France




 CHARACTERISTICS The vineyards are planted on alluvial reddish clay that lies on terraced slopes of sun-scorched rounded quartz stones. Average production: 20,000 bottles (75 cl.) per year. 


WINE MAKING After destemming and crushing, the grapes are put into concrete vats for alcoholic fermentation. This lasts approximately 10 days and is followed by an 8 to 10 days maceration to complete the extraction. After devatting and pressing, malolactic fermentation is carried out in vats.


MATURING The wine is drawn off under aeration, to enable natural stabilisation of the components to take place. It then goes into 60 hectolitre oak tuns for a period of 8 to 14 months.


TASTING NOTES The colour is a deep garnet red. To the nose, the "Haute Pierre” cuvée is characterised by strong spicy aromas, which show a rich, powerful body wrapped around with a more delicate yet tightly knit tannic framework. Rich and unctuous on the palate, the finish reveals some intense, liquorice like flavours.





An up-and-coming wine from Delas is their 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Haute Pierre. Aged in barriques, it is a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, which is a little unusual for a Chateauneuf du Pape blend. However, the percentage of Syrah was jacked up to give the wine more texture and richness in a year where the Grenache could occasionally be troublesome. Deep ruby/purple, with oodles of cassis and blackberry as well as some lavender and other floral notes, the wine is full-bodied, opulent, and best drunk over the next 7-8 years. 

- Robert Parker Jr, Wine Advocate #191, October 2010

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