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Delas Freres Domaine des Tourettes Hermitage Rouge 2018  - First Bottle


96 Wine Enthusiast -
Prominent veins of crushed granite and tar shadow rich, decadent flavors of black-currant jam and licorice in this 100% Syrah sourced from three different sites within Hermitage (including the estate's flagship Les Bessards). While tannins are ripe, it's a charry, piquantly spiced wine in youth that finishes on peppery hits of clove, dark chocolate and espresso shavings. It's best to wait till 2023 to open but the wine should improve through 2035 at least.
95 Jeb Dunnuck -
“Certainly not far behind the Les Bessards, the 2018 Hermitage Domaine Des Tourettes sports a dense purple/ruby color to go with thrilling notes of blackcurrants, scorched earth, graphite, peppered meat, and violets. Full-bodied richness, a seamless, elegant texture, great tannins, and serious length all characterize this young yet incredibly promising Hermitage. Hide bottles for at least 4-5 years and enjoy over the following two decades.”
94-95 Vinous -
“Intensely perfumed aromas of black/blue fruit liqueur, pipe tobacco and potpourri are complemented by smoky mineral and olive flourishes that build with air. Densely packed and velvety in texture, offering palate-staining black raspberry, cherry and fruitcake flavors accented by violet pastille and licorice nuances. Youthfully gripping tannins build slowly on the impressively persistent, mineral-driven finish, which features a resonating frisson of candied flowers.”
94 James Suckling -
An excellent introduction to the wines of Hermitage, this has a deep and complex, savory nose with plenty of spicy notes and a whiff of summer rain falling on hot, dry earth. Very full, the considerable richness wrapped around a massive tannin structure, enabling the wine to effortlessly master the 15% alcohol. Full and creamy, yet decisively dry finish. Drink or hold.
94 Wine Spectator -
A seductive wine with beautifully rendered blackberry, plum and raspberry compote notes carried by very fine-grained yet persistent tannins that let the fruit play out, while hints of singed alder, warm earth and melted black licorice fill in on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2032. 2,000 cases made, 125 cases imported.
93 Wine Advocate -
“Relatively open and generous, the 2018 Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes blends notes of red plums and cassis, then adds flourishes of pencil shavings and crushed stone. It's full-bodied and velvety, still a bit tannic and young but nearly drinkable already, with a lingering, licorice-tinged finish.”

Technical Details

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionRhone
  • AppellationHermitage
  • VineyardL'ermite, Le Sabot and Les Bessards
  • OakFrench oak barrels
  • Alcohol15%
  • Production125 cases imported cases

Delas Freres Domaine des Tourettes Hermitage Rouge 2018

Syrah  |  France
WE96, JD95, VN94-95, WS94, JS94, WA93, DC93

41% off retail!

Delas Frères’ 2018 Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes is a rocking great wine from a historic house that has become one of the top producers in the Northern Rhone over the last two decades. We scored 10 cases of this 100% syrah – at a cool $50 less than you’d pay retail! 96 points and one that will shine in your collection for decades to come!

Founded in 1835, Delas Frères is a Rhone legend – as negociants, grape growers, and wine producers across both the northern and southern Rhone Valley. The estate ran into financial difficulties in the efforts to rebound after World War II, and up until about 30 years ago, it had been a struggle to return to its premier status as a top power in Hermitage. Enter the Rouzaud family, the folks behind Louis Roederer, and a partnership was struck that ensured this estate would not simply survive – but thrive!

This Domaine des Tourettes cuvée is one of the happy by-products of that partnership. With a complete reevaluation of their vineyard and winemaking practices, as well as significant refurbishment to their production capabilities, and increased grower relationships and estate fruit – Delas Frères is firing on all cylinders. This combines fruit from three parcels in Hermitage – L'Ermite, le Sabot, and the iconic, les Bessards. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in open-top concrete tanks following a two-day cold soak. Maceration on the skins occurs for 20 days, ten of which are active with pump-overs and breaking up the cap.

The wine is youthfully taut, and broodingly powerful – as any top Hermitage 2018 is bound to be. That said, it opens up nicely, and fairly quickly in the glass – revealing an aromatic character of violet pastilles and lavender, with blackberries, plums, blueberries for fruit, and a classic savory, smoked meat and black pepper edge that is so distinctly syrah. The flavors are much the same, and yet ever more, with developing accents of black olive tapenade, crushed gravel, graphite, licorice, kirsch, and a whisper of sweet tobacco smoke. Impressively layered, and deep, this is a growing giant...and one that will hold its own against syrahs more than twice the price! Remember...only ten cases, so to the fastest fingers goes the impeccable 96 point Hermitage today!

PAIRING IDEAS: I was fortunate enough to recently dine at Anair – a Michelin-starred restaurant in Galway, Ireland. Of the many, many great courses they featured – one stands out as the perfect fit for this powerful wine. They roasted a whole lamb shoulder in a bed of hay, until it was fork tender, and nicely caramelized on the outside, before torching the hay and covering it to infuse it with the smoke. It was straightforward delicious – meaty, sweet, smoky, and fantastically carnivorous. A bit of lamb jus, some roasted carrots, and a big ol’ glass of this...perfection!

About the Producer

Founded over 160 years ago, Delas Frères was acquired by Champagne Deutz in 1977. Delas Frères cultivates vineyards on the steep granite slopes of the northern Rhône, in some of the region's most prestigious appellations. Additional grapes are supplied through long-term agreements with southern Rhone growers dedicated to providing only top quality grapes. Crafted by winemaker Jacques Grange to epitomize finesse and elegance, recent Delas Frères vintages from the vineyards of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux have won renewed praise for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.