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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Delas St. Joseph Francois de Tournon 2003
Delas St. Joseph Francois de Tournon 2003
(search item no. 98503)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The ancient vineyards of Saint-Joseph, planted almost exclusively with Syrah, cover more than 600 acres on the right bank of the Rhone river. The grapes are planted in terraces on the rocky granite hillsides, where Delas selects only the best grapes for the Francois de Tournon.

The color is a deep, dark ruby red with garnet wick gourmet reflection. The nose is clearly marked by delicate aromas of cassis and spices. On the palate, "François de Tournon" shows a tender, voluptuous texture that masks a good tannic structure, fine and silky. It will age well.

"An outstanding effort, the mineral and floral-scented 2003 St.-Joseph Francois de Tournon's dense purple color is followed by a beautiful nose of minerals, white flowers, crushed rocks, creme de cassis, and blackberries. This tannic vin de garde ideally needs 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 10-15."
-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

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About Delas Freres:

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.