In a nutshell: Intense and concentrated Northern Rhône Viognier.
The lowdown: The revival of interest in the wines of Condrieu in the 1970s is really what has lead to the increased popularity of Viognier throughout the world. This aromatic grape is the only variety permitted here and the unique combination of its subtle perfume and generous weightiness have made Condrieu a sought after wine in recent decades. Close Boucher has a pleasing light gold in colour while its nose shows deep aromas reminiscent of exotic fruit and crystallised peach. This is a very concentrated wine which produces a lots of intense, ripe flavours on the palate. The subtle use of oak serves to enhance it's silky smooth texture.
When to drink: It's the perfect white to match with bold and spicy dishes, or rich sauces combined with fish or poultry.
Founded 160 years ago in the heart of the northern Côtes du Rhône, Delas Frères today crafts world class wines from both northern and southern Rhône.
Tending the steep sloping vineyards, which total some 30 hectares of vines, the team adapt their growing practices to each plot of vines to let the terroir of the Rhône shine through in the wines. Crafted by winemaker Jacques Grange (who is originally from Burgundy), the wines from Delas Freres epitomise finesse and elegance. Recent vintages from the vineyards of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux have been lauded in the press for their intensity of flavour and excellent value.
In 1981, the house moved to its current premises in Saint-Jean-de-Muzois, a small village located two kilometers north of Tournon. The winery building, set amidst the vineyards of the St. Joseph appellation, covers more than 3000 square meters. In 1993 Delas Frères became part of the Champagne Louis Roederer group, which shares a similar family owned history and pursuit of excellence.
The Domaine cultivates vineyards on the steep granite slopes of the northern Rhône, in some of the regions most prestigious appellations. Additional grapes are supplied through long-term agreements with southern Rhône growers dedicated to providing only top quality grapes.