2012 Delas Frere Saint Joseph 'Francois de Tournon'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $34.94 (reg. $44.94)
"This team continues to knockout it out of the park." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Northern Rhone is Syrah’s spiritual homeland, and few are as true to the grape as the iconic producer, Delas Frere. With the past decade showing a real uptick in quality, Parker has given ample praises to the estate as one of the “better sources of top-quality Rhones.”
The 2012 Delas Frere Saint-Joseph ‘Francois de Tournon’ is the real deal, with a classic Saint-Joseph profile of dark fruits, baking spice, and violets, with an open (but still quite structured) profile. Drinking beautifully now but with plenty in reserve, you’ll want to load up at the best price around!
Delas Frere’s mark on the Rhone goes back over 150 years and they're firmly entrenched in the top tier of historic producers. Officially founded in 1835, the estate "was reborn" per Parker when noted Champagne house Louis Roederer added Delas to their portfolio.
Roderer tapped wine-maker Jacques Granges to lead the charge (Granges cut his teeth alongside Chapoutier in the early 1990s, during which they were responsible for multiple 100 point wines) and they have since "become one of the superb purveyors of high-quality Rhone wine.”
In a vintage hailed as an “outstanding, classic year” by the Wine Advocate, the 2012 Francois de Tournon is a winner at this price point. The highly capable team at Delas Frères - the same winery who fashions the multi-100 point Hermitage 'Les Bressards' - "has been on a fabulous qualitative roll” according to Parker and they are without a doubt producing the best wines in its history, including this wonderful gem at a terrific price. Cheers!