90pt Rhone for under $10 – Delas Freres Cotes-du-Rhone St Esprit

May 11, 2011 Daily DrinkersWines under $10  One comment

Delas Freres Cotes-du-Rhone St Esprit2009 is being touted as the next great vintage in France’s Rhone Valley.  After the brilliant 2007 vintage, that’s saying a lot and the general consensus is ’09 isn’t quite as great as ’07.  A Porsche isn’t quite as good as a Ferrari either.

This is the first ’09 Rhone I’ve had with the Cotes-du-Rhones (think Central Coast) starting to be released and the pricier Chateauneuf-du-Pape (think Napa Valley) mostly yet to be released.  Fill a case with this wine and Monday’s 90 point Tempranillo, and honestly I can’t think of a better value for 12 bottles.

A nose of crisp stone and raspberry leads into a beautiful juicy core of ripe red fruit in the mouth.  Really nice balance and freshness.  But the standout trait of this wine is the second wind it gets on the finish.  Just when you think it’s done, it wallops you with another surge of flavor.

Let’s face it, it’s really difficult to find decent red wine under $10.  I went through a streak where I flat out lost interest in the category because everything I tasted was a look-alike at best or a total bore at worst.  That’s why I get so excited about this, a very serious wine for a price that suddenly makes me consider Tuesday wine night as a wine night.

The traditional Rhone crest on the bottle is a nice touch too.

Buy Here: Delas Freres Cotes-du-Rhone St Esprit $9.95

Robert Parker 90 points

“Delas Freres has produced two other outstanding sleepers of the vintage, and both wines dramatically over-deliver for their appellations. The brilliant 2009 Cotes du Rhone St.-Esprit is the best Cotes du Rhone I have ever tasted from Delas. Seventy percent Syrah, twenty percent Grenache and the rest Carignan and Mourvedre, this wine comes primarily form the Cotes du Rhone village of Cairanne. The wine has great fruit and a sweet raspberry and black cherry nose with some herbs, licorice, and pepper. Aged all in tank, the wine is medium to full-bodied and possesses sweet tannin as well as a long finish.

The brilliant Jacques Granges remains in control of all winemaking at Delas Freres, and he has produced some of his greatest wines in 2009 for the northern cuvees. Moreover, this is a firm that has surged ahead in quality over the last 15 years, and their southern Rhone selections are increasingly impressive, including some excellent bargains.”

One comment to 90pt Rhone for under $10 – Delas Freres Cotes-du-Rhone St Esprit

  • John says:

    Great recommendation! Bought a couple and going back tomorrow for a case, maybe two.

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