2018 Delas Freres Hermitage Les Grandes Vignes Ligne de Crete

Syrah - 750ML
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WA 99 JS 97 WE 97 VN 96 WS 95 DC 93
WA 99

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2021

While I've had multiple looks at previous vintages, this is my first review of the 2018 Hermitage Ligne de Crete Les Grandes Vignes. Inky in hue, it boasts powerful, brooding aromas that include hints of hardwood...
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, March 2022

The vibrancy of the elderberry aroma on the nose of this Hermitage masterpiece is breathtaking, the palate amazingly concentrated and incredibly focused. A wealth of super-fine tannins and intense, stony minerality are...
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast, March 2022

This inky, ripe Syrah is sourced from a single plot near the sun-drenched pinnacle of the Hermitage. Pumped with ripeness and searing black spice, the roasted, mouthstaining plum and blueberry flavors are rimmed by fiery...
VN 96

Vinous, December 2022

Inky violet. Powerful black and blue fruit preserve, violet, olive and exotic spice aromas, along with smoky mineral and black pepper flourishes. Juicy and deeply concentrated, offering bitter cherry, blackcurrant, floral...
WS 95

Wine Spectator, August 2021

Plum paste, linzer torte and cassis notes give this a fruit-filled profile, while licorice, sweet spice and dark earth accents provide a solid background. There's a buried iron underpinning, and a late echo of singed...
DC 93

Decanter, January 2021

Something of a different beast to the previous three vintages, this is concentrated and exuberantly fruity. The oak is still prominent, and the alcohol is warming. Good levels of acidity and salinity help to bring balance...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15.5%
Closure Cork

Founded in 1835 by Charles Audibert and Phillipe Delas, the celebrated Delas Freres winery grows 30 hectares of vines comprising 10 hectares in Hermitage (including the Domaines des Tourettes estate), 2 hectares in Saint-Joseph, and 18 hectares in Crozes-Hermitage.

In addition to the grapes produced by Delas' own wine growing team, Delas' close relationships with like-minded owner-winegrowers ensure that the company is able to source grapes grown on individual parcels, which reflect their own unique terroir.

Exclusively a family-owned operation for over a century, Delas Freres joined forces with Champagne Deutz in 1977. In 1993, Deutz and Delas Freres were approached by the Rouzaud family, majority shareholder in the Roederer Group. They joined the Roederer Group under whose umbrella Delas' philosophy continues to flourish.

Introducing the 2018 Delas Freres Hermitage Les Grandes Vignes Ligne de Crete, a captivating red wine from the Rhone region of France. This exceptional Syrah varietal showcases the expertise and finesse of Delas Freres, a renowned producer with a long-standing reputation for crafting exquisite wines.

In the glass, this wine displays an enchanting deep, inky hue that immediately captures the eye. Aromas of hardwood charcoal, dark berries, licorice, crushed stone, and pencil shavings emanate from the glass, creating an alluring and brooding bouquet. The intensity is almost palpable, promising a sensory journey like no other.

On the palate, the 2018 Hermitage Les Grandes Vignes Ligne de Crete truly shines. Full-bodied and mouthfilling, it envelopes the senses with its richness, supple texture, and creamy mouthfeel. The concentration of flavors is astounding, with plum paste, linzer torte, and cassis taking center stage. The fruit-filled profile is complemented by notes of licorice, sweet spice, and dark earth, which provide a solid background.

The wine's impeccable balance is achieved through good levels of acidity, salinity, and fine, plentiful tannins. Despite its ripeness and concentration, there is an elegant characteristic that shines through, demonstrating the complexity and finesse of this cuvée. The finish is remarkably long, leaving a lasting impression of pure berry fruit, stony minerality, and finely integrated tannins.

Critics have been raving about the 2018 Delas Freres Hermitage Les Grandes Vignes Ligne de Crete. With a score of 99 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and 95 points from Wine Spectator, it is clear that this wine has captured the attention and admiration of experts in the industry. James Suckling awarded it an impressive 97 points, describing it as a Hermitage masterpiece with breathtaking vibrancy and incredible focus.

This wine is undeniably a standout in the 2018 vintage of the Rhone region. It can be enjoyed now or cellared for further development. With its immense potential, it is likely to age gracefully for up to three decades. Whether you choose to savor it now or save it for a special occasion, the 2018 Delas Freres Hermitage Les Grandes Vignes Ligne de Crete promises an extraordinary wine experience that will leave an indelible mark on your palate.