Delas Frères was founded in 1835 and merged with Champagne Deutz in 1977. In 1993, both were absorbed by Louis Roederer which now owns this 30ha estate, encompassing vineyards in Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. Chante Perdrix is farmed by a partner grower, highlighting the quality fruit available to them. This single- parcel wine, made by Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud-McKerrow has spent 12 to 14 months in oak barrels. 15,000 bottles are made. Gearoid Devaney MS: Abounding with dark fruits, roses and spicy nuances, this is an intense style that shows fine ripe tannins and a solid middle. Great acidity and a mineral streak carry it onto a long finish. Simon Field MW: Full of liquorice and violet aromas. In the mouth there are elegant tannins and firm acidity. Modern, yes, but also respectful of its provenance and granitic reputation. Matt Walls: Liquorice, tarragon and mineral black fruits. Full bodied, juicy and ripe with balancing acidity. Lots of life and a lifted glint on the finish.Drinking Window 2019 - 2029. (panel tasting score)
Moving to the 2015s, this is an undeniably great, great vintage from winemakers Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud. Starting with his single Cornas release, the 2015 Cornas Chante Perdrix is a big, rich effort that makes the most of this brilliant vintage. Loaded with notions of cassis, plums, saddle leather and barbecue smoke, it's full-bodied, opulent and sexy on the palate, with sweet tannin. Drink this big, seriously textured beauty anytime over the coming 10-15 years. Delas Frères is located just outside of Saint-Jean-de-Muzols and has plenty of prime parcels spread throughout the entire northern Rhône Valley. The 2015s are the finest wines I’ve tasted from this estate since the 2010s, and if anything, the wines appear to be slightly more balanced and polished, with less obvious oak. The 2016s are less showy, yet have very classic, balanced profiles, and this is unquestionably another good vintage for this estate, which appears to be firing on all cylinders.
This is pulled from a selection of parcels that Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud-McKerrow have been transitioning to organic farming since 2013. Their latest vintage is at once firm and soaring. The tannins define it, fine-textured but abundant, providing the tight structural integrity for the wine; they also provide direction for the juicy black-plum flavors, which power ahead, picking up notes of licorice and espresso beans, herbs and dark, rich earth along the way. That energy suggests there’s plenty more to come with time; tuck it away for at least five years.
The 2015 Cornas Chante Perdrix is a blend of several parcels, vinified in concrete and aged primarily in oak. It's dark and concentrated, although admittedly not the most muscular Cornas. Black currant and cedar notes combine along with peppery hints of Montreal smoked meat to yield a savory impression. It's all held together by fine-grained, dusty tannins, which leave a lingering soft texture on the long, licorice-tinged finish. Already enjoyable, it should develop well for 10-12 years or more. (JC)
Vivid purple. Blueberry, cherry pit and smoky Indian spices on the perfumed nose, complicated by notes of olive paste and game. Deep, sappy and expansive, offering sweet, nicely concentrated flavors of black and blue fruit liqueur and candied licorice. Gains energy as it opens up, finishing with lingering notes of candied dark berries and supple, slow-building tannins. (JR)
Moody dark plums, blackberries and some stony elements. This is quite fruit-focused. The palate has a succulent, open-knit red plum and raspberry core. Drink now.
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