Delas Freres St Joseph Francois de Tournon 2013


SKU 03327


The historic wines of Saint Joseph were highly reputed in the 16th century for thier fineness, and poured at the table of the kings of France. It was the Jesuits (a monk community) of Tournon who gave the area its current name, in the 17th century. Between 1956 and 1969, all the vineyards from this area which used to be named “Côtes du Rhône” were regrouped and established under the appellation Saint-Joseph. 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 vineyard stretches from Chavanay in the north, to Guilherand in the south - it covers 23 "communes" in the Ardèche region, and three in the Loire. The grapes are planted in terraces on the rocky granite hillsides, where Delas selects only the best grapes for the Francois de Tournon. The Francois de Tournon is a blend of grapes from the terroirs of Vion, Saint-Jean de Muzols, Mauves and Tournon. This wine pairs well with fine meats, spicy stews, grilled meats, game and any kind of cheese.

'Winemaker Jacques Granges continues to make a number of terrific wines from throughout the Rhône Valley. All of the 2013s showed nicely and possess the fresher, more focused, yet concentrated style of the vintage. The top wines have tons of potential and will reward cellaring. The 2014 reds and whites are both solid as well. I find some push too far towards the leaner end of the spectrum (especially with the whites), but there’s still plenty to love, and the wines have beautiful purity and freshness. As a whole, you can’t go wrong with this estate and the quality is incredibly high, as well as consistent across the entire range. Also, while the style here leans towards the more modern end of the paradigm, with almost complete destemming and aging in varying amounts of new oak, the percentage of new oak continues to be walked back and the wines always show textbook appellation characteristics. In addition, readers should check out the recent domaine profile and retrospective published on earlier this year.' WINE ADVOCATE REPORTS DECEMBER 2015
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation St-Joseph
Brand Delas Freres
Alcohol/vol 13%
  • agv93

VinousGlass-staining ruby. Ripe cherry, blackcurrant and olive on the intensely perfumed nose, with oak spice and dark chocolate notes adding complexity. Rich, supple and expansive, offering concentrated, nicely delineated cherry and dark berry flavors. The sappy, energetic finish features youthfully chewy tannins and an echo of fresh dark berries. 91-93

Josh Raynolds
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorRipe and concentrated without sacrificing cut, this lets a pure beam of raspberry and blackberry coulis rush forth, backed by mouthwatering anise, black tea and iron notes. Latent grip allows the finish to linger. Best from 2016 through 2022. 210 cases imported.

James Molesworth, November 30, 2015
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateSimilar to the Saint Epine release quality-wise, the 2013 St Joseph Cuvee Francois de Tournon offers more richness, breadth and layer compared to the tighter, more focused, granite-influenced Saint Epine. Plum, black raspberry, licorice, cracked pepper and graphite flows to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, structured 2013 that needs 3-4 years of cellaring; it will have two decades of longevity. Coming mostly from vineyards around Tournon and Mauves, it spent 12 months in 30% new French oak.

Jeb Dunnuck, December 2015