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Delas Crozes-Hermitage Les Launes

2009 Deep garnet red color. 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 aging potential. Recommended with game, grilled and rich foods.
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$30.00 / Bottle   $360.00 / Case
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Delas Freres is a winery of tradition and renewal. Founded 160 years ago in the heart of the northern Cotes du Rhone, the winery enjoyed the dynamism of its original founders and their heirs and more recently, the renewed energy of the Lallier-Deutz family, owners of champagne house, Champagne Deutz.

Delas Freres and Champagne Deutz were acquired by the Champagne House of Louis Roederer in 1993. Andre Lallier retired from daily winery duties in 1996, and Fabrice Rosset, a 20-year executive with Roederer, has taken the helm at both Delas and Deutz. Today, the Delas wines are crafted by a panel of experts headed by winemaker Jacques Grange. Together, the team makes wines that have been heralded for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.

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 100% Syrah grapes used for the Crozes-Hermitage "Les Launes" grow in a wide range of terroirs, from alluvial soil in flatland terrain to chalky soil covered with pebbly granite. At harvest, the grapes are handpicked at optimum ripeness and 100% de-stemmed. Fermentation takes place at controlled temperatures of 82 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit in open concrete tanks. After malolactic fermentation, the wine ages for 12 months, 30% in oak barrels and the remaining portion in large tanks that preserve the full fruit aromas. These wines are racked regularly in order to provide natural stabilization. The wine is then bottled after blending and gentle filtering takes place.