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