2005 Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Tour d'Albon

Delas Freres

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Average Score 88.0

High in acidity, but displaying equally impressive extract and fruit is the 2005 Crozes-Hermitage Tour d’Albon. It exhibits olive, herbal notes intermixed with creme de cassis, licorice, and smoke. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.||As I have written many times in the past, this famous estate, which muddled along in the seventies, eighties, and early nineties, was reborn when its owners, the Deutz-Roederer Champagne enterprise, brought in the super-talented Jacques Granges, and gave him carte blanche to redo the cellars and elevate the level of quality. Since his first vintage, 1997, Delas has become one of the superb purveyors of high quality Rhone wine. I have enormous admiration for what Granges has accomplished. His most recent vintages, 2005 and 2006, have been brilliant and he continues to do a superb job with the white wines Readers should also know that Delas recently purchased 37 acres of vines in Crozes-Hermitage, so they will be augmenting their production from that appellation. The bottled 2005 reds include some interesting efforts from some of the better villages in the south. The Chateauneuf du Papes and Cotes du Rhones were reviewed in issue #173 (October, 2007) Wine Advocate.February, 2008

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