2011 Delas Freres Crozes Hermitage Grands Chemins
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $28.94 (reg. $34.94)
The Delas Freres ‘Grand Chemins’ from Crozes-Hermitage is one of the best buys of the season. This 2011 packs extraordinary depth and old-world complexity that can age for a decade or more, all for under $30. Robert Parker has suggested that Delas' "finest values come from Crozes-Hermitage" and the 201 'Grand Chemins' certainly backs that up, especially when it's available for the best price around.
Delas Freres has surpassed virtually all expectations over the past two decades, going from humble negociant with some nice vineyards to a superstar of the Northern Rhone. Since being purchased by the Deutz-Roederer Champagne and employing wine director Jacques Grange, Delas has been producing “no nonsense, extremely high quality efforts that are near the top of each of their respective appellations" (WA), and has earned some 100-point scores in the process. The greatest achievement of the “very talented” (RP) Jacques Grange however, might just be in revealing the extraordinary value and quality that is possible in Crozes-Hermitage.
This is one of the lowest priced entry points for a top shelf Rhone producer, and an exceptional chance to see why Delas Freres is now part of the “crème de la crème of the Northern Rhône" (WA). Grab a case today - it will provide "pure pleasure" (JR) now and over the next decade. Cheers!