EuroVintage – Drouhin and Delas
Part of the EuroVintage international portfolio are the classical wines of Joseph Drouhin from Burgundy and the Delas wines of the Rhone. These are fully traditional, historical and established houses making benchmark styles for their regions. The breadth of range of both producers is such that there are accessible entry level wines for the market as well as the rare and prestigious grand cru and highest appellation wines. www.eurovintage.co.nz Introductions for the brands follow:
Based in Beaune, the fourth generation house of Joseph Drouhin make wines only from the Burgundy vignoble. They are one of the largest landowners with 40 ha in Chablis and over 70 ha in the Cote d'Or.
This venerable Rhone firm came into Louis Roederer ownership in 1993 and with the change came an injection of investment and a revitalisation of the vineyards and winemaking. The negociant wines from the northern and southern Rhone have stepped up into the modern age and the single-vineyard offerings are now notable.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Delas Ventoux 2011Grenache from France - RhoneReview Date : 09-Dec-201280% Grenache and 20% Syrah from the Mazan and Goult communes fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine bottled without oak contact. Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, light crimson hues on rim. This has a soft, full and voluminous nose of perfumed raspberry fruit with confectionary and jammy whole-berry notes, along with garrigue herb underlay. Dry and medium-bodied, warm and rich raspberry, jam and lollyish fruit flavours fill the mouth from a good core and heart. The mouthfeel is soft, with rounded grainy tannin textures, the low acidity adding to the plumpness. Some alcohol is apparent, driving the palate to a long, raspberry jam flavoured finish. This is a soft textured, up-front, raspberry fruited Grenache-based red to serve with pizza and barbecued food over the next 3-4 years. 15,000 cases made. 17.0+/20 Dec 2012 RRP $16.99