Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2010
Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
The Saint-Esprit's deep color has a dark, plum-like hue. The nose is classical Syrah, with berry fruit, violet, licorice and spices. It has a full, rounded palate with delicate tannins. Saint-Esprit is a unique wine in the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation and can be paired with Provençale-style cuisine, game, stuffings and mixed grills.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Cotes du Rhone St.-Esprit is a real winner. It offers lots of Provencal herb notes interwoven with loamy, earthy, peppery, kirsch and black currant characteristics. This medium-bodied, delicious Cotes du Rhone ranks alongside some of the finest of the appellation."
International Wine Cellar - "Deep ruby. Shows good complexity on the nose, offering red fruit and floral qualities with pungent olive and herb nuances. Spice-accented raspberry and cherry flavors show good depth and become more energetic with air. Closes on a gently sweet note, with good length and a late kick of cracked pepper."
Delas Freres Winery
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. View all Delas Freres Wines
About Cotes du RhoneView a map of Cotes du Rhone wineries
The appellation of Côtes du Rhône encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine – over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. Wines here need only be from the Côtes de Rhône geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide classification, it's a surprise and joy that so many of these wines reach such a high quality. While there are areas in the Northern Rhône that meet the classification of Côtes du Rhône, most all of this appellation is in the Southern Rhône. Wines here are based mostly on Grenache, like other Rhône reds, while the whites focus on Marsanne and Roussanne. Viognier is also allowed although typically used in smaller quantities.
Notable FactsThere is one higher level in the Côtes du Rhône called Côtes du Rhône Villages. These wines are from specific village areas that have a few more standards the wine must reach to receive the village label. Some to take note of are Cairanne, Rasteau, Seguret and Beaumes-de-Venise. The good thing about both Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages is that big producers of the smaller appellations are taking the opportunity and freedom offered by this broad appellation and creating wines of very high quality, and lower in price.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review44 out of 5 stars
19 ratings, 9 with reviewsjing wang - Flushing, NY42/14/2014Robert Duffy - Sparta, NC411/20/2013Quite a nice wine, would buy again.BeachB - Chevy Chase, MD35/15/2013
Great Value. Delicious and underrated.Love that wine - Mcallen, TX511/17/2012Amazing at this price. Great with or without food.41/28/2013
- Smooth & Supple
Great QPRcfaust - Bolton, MA41/14/2013412/31/2012Excellent! Very strong wine and is dry with oak tones and very pleasing to palate312/27/2012
- Light & Fruity
Very nice. Not much of a nose but smooth,nice fruit, round tannins and medium finish.312/15/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Decent for the price, but was honestly hoping for more. Dry mouth feel with medium tannins. I paired it with BBQ tri tip, which was just okay. A bold meat pasta may have been a better choice.312/11/2012Love the smoothness of this red blend. Great comfort wine.Dam - New York, NY511/11/2012510/4/201258/9/2012
- Earthy & Spicy
- Pair With
- Pasta > Meat
Deliscious & smooth- a real bargainRedWine512 - Tampa, FL47/11/2012pasaje - Parrish, FL17/7/2012Kevin Kerby - Washougal, WA55/31/2012Max Volovik - Rockaway Park, NY55/1/2012CLo The Grape - Carlsbad, CA44/28/2012
- Smooth & Supple