Delas Freres Crozes-Hermitage "Le Clos" 2015 (Northern Rhone, France) - [RP 94] [JD 94] [WS 94] [VM 93] [JS 92]

Delas Freres Crozes-Hermitage "Le Clos" 2015
(Northern Rhone, France) - [RP 94] [JD 94] [WS 94] [VM 93] [JS 92]


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About the Wine:

The Crozes-Hermitage vineyards are the largest of the northern Rhone appellations. Syrah is the main varietal grown, with Marsanne or Roussanne making up no more than 15 percent. The Crozes-Hermitage "Le Clos" cuvee is a vineyard plot selection. The grapes come exclusively from the "Clos" vineyard on the choice plain area known as Chassis on the left bank of the Rhone. This wine is only made in the very best years and its production is deliberately limited to 7,000 bottles (750 ml) per year.

Winemaking
"Le Clos" grapes are harvested manually at optimum maturity. Fermentation is carried out in the traditional way in open-topped concrete tanks, following a two-day period of skin contact at low temperature. Daily cap pushing down and pumping over is kept up for about 10 days, with a total maceration period up to 20 days. After devatting and pressing, malolactic fermentation is carried out in oak barrels. Maturation lasts for 14 to 16 months in oak barrels, which have already held wine for one to three years. These are regularly topped up.

Tasting Notes
The Crozes-Hermitage "Le Clos" cuvee has a deep ruby red color, with garnet tinges. The nose shows aromas of stewed black fruit (cassis and blackberries). As it opens up, it reveals hints of leather and game. The palate is perfectly balanced, with a combination of suave delicacy and considerable volume. The finish is lifted by flavors of very ripe black cherries.

Serving
This wine pairs well with river game, mixed grills and marinated beef or chicken.


Ratings & Reviews



94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2015 Crozes Hermitage le Clos is the high-end Crozes bottling from Delas Frères, aged 14-16 months in French oak. Give it some time in the glass to open up if you try one soon, as it's tight and closed at first, gradually developing floral notes and showing more black cherry and blackberry fruit. In the mouth, it's velvety and concentrated, gradually fading on the finish into hints of licorice and black pepper. This medium to full-bodied 100% Syrah drinks well now (with air) but should evolve well for at least another decade." - Joe Czerwinski (Dec 2017)

94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"A much smaller production cuvee, the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Le Clos comes from the Les Saviots lieu-dit and is completely destemmed and raised in 30% new barrels. It offers more purity and focus, with terrific notes of blackberries, blueberries, graphite, crushed rocks and spice. Concentrated, tannic, and structured, yet beautifully concentrated, forget bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following decade." - Jeb Dunnuck (1/24/2018)

94 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:

"This pretty wine sports a pure, enticing beam of cassis and crushed plum fruit flavors. Silky but persistent, dense but defined, ending with violet, iron and anise accents on the finish. Drink now through 2027. 50 cases imported." – JM (Oct 31, 2017)

93 Points - Vinous Media:
"Deep ruby. Powerful black raspberry and cherry liqueur aromas pick up suave floral, incense and spicecake nuances with air, along with a touch of smoky minerality. Rich, chewy and broad on the palate, offering concentrated blackberry, cassis and spicecake flavors that are energized by a core of juicy acidity. Finishes smooth, sweet and very long, with velvety tannins and a strong final kick of peppery spices." - Josh Raynolds (Apr 2018)

92 Points - James Suckling:
"More savory, more brooding, darker minerally aromas with dark plum fruits and spicy, toasty oak, too. The palate has an extremely punchy delivery of flavorsome, dark plum fruits. Appealingly ripe and drenched in flavor. Drink now." (September 7, 2017)