Delas Cotes du Rhone St. Esprit Rouge 2007
Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
The Côtes-du-Rhône Saint Esprit is made from a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan grapes, which come from a small village in the Ardeche region. The vineyard's southern exposure on steep granite hillsides provides the best growing conditions for the vines.
The Cuvée Saint Esprit shows the strength and a pepper taste typical of the Syrah grape. The color is deep garnet red and has intense red berry aromas. It is an exceptional full-bodied wine with fine tannins.
The Wine Advocate - "This great northern Rhone negociant, spearheaded by their brilliant oenologist and winemaker, Jacques Grange, has consistently made fabulous wines from the northern appellations, but only recently upgraded the quality of their southern Rhone selections. These are the finest southern Rhones they make, and their Cotes du Rhone St.-Esprit ranks alongside the offerings from Guigal and Chapoutier."
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 Review33.2 out of 5 stars
17 ratings, 12 with reviewsBradley Pine - Washington, DC45/20/2009Really a nice healthy Rhone. Inky and rich but smooth. Goes well with steak or garlic chicken with mushrooms. I like to drink it by itself. And you can't beat the price. Love to give it as a gift.H. David Kellams - Huntington Beach, CA35/11/2009Very drinkable. Paired well with lamb.Bill from Colorado - Longmont, CO47/10/2009The Delas St. Esprit Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge 2007 was a low priced wine, but it doesn't taste like one. It has a very robust favor and I would definately buy more at this price point.Dublin NH - Dublin, NH45/11/2009Very good every day bottle; will purchase again. Suprising smooth and drinkable at this young age.29/28/2009not a very good blendGreg Miller - Columbus, OH32/6/2010This is decent for a cheaper wine. The nose was full of berries but I almost feel the taste wasn't as full. It was very light on the palate. I was able to pick up the earthy taste of the wine as I savored it for a bit. Considering the price, I would buy this again.Chelsea Starr - Minot, ND311/28/2009The finish is a bit astringent for my taste, but it is a nice light red, great as a table wine.Sho Morimoto - Washington, DC211/9/2009Hard and tart on the palate, I've tried two bottles of this vintage to much disappointment. There's no real body to the wine. Being a fan of red wine from the Cotes-du-Rhone AOC, I tried a second bottle after my failed first try and found it similarly unappetizing. Given the other positive feedback, they could've been bad bottles, but I'm not going to pay for a third try!nicolaus yannotti - Deer Park, TX47/28/2009great for just any time fantastic priceBergsund - Belvedere Tiburon, CA310/27/2009Anthony D'Esposito - Valley Village, CA11/29/200932/7/2013This was a reliable cotes du rhone. Nice bright fruit, yet restrained. Garigue, pencil lead minerality. Wish I had more.Johnnygofast - Kansas City, MO24/1/2010henry sotomayor - Chicago, IL38/11/2011franklin baker - Cincinnati, OH45/14/2011311/10/2009This was supplied as an error. It was supposed to be for another wine.Rob_in_USA - Clearwater Beach, FL13/30/2010Weak, tastless, one of the worst I have ever had the displeasure of drinking. Tannings