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LVT 2018 r 2018 wh 2012 rosé Old family firm owned for some years by Champagne Deutz, part of the Roederer empire. Quality turned upwards from 1998 across all wines; in the early 2010s the search for overt elegance was taken far enough to raise questions about the true depth of the wines, as if catering for a more international audience that doesn't know the Rhône. This has been most noticeable on the whites.

However, 2018 saw some excellent reds, with high quality fruit, perhaps a boost from their spanking new cellars in the old Paul Jaboulet residence in Tain itself. The outlook is therefore good leading into the 2020s.

The leading Hermitages are usually very good. The Hermitage Les Bessards red is an STGT wine, and shows genuine class, while the Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes red was a true, dark ****(*) wine in 2016. Reliability plus some character appear in the main St-Josephs and Crozes reds. The most interesting Saint-Joseph red is always the site-specific Saint-Epine, which was a ****(*) wine in 2015, and a ***** wine in 2018: it takes time to fuse its rocky features. Among the three Crozes reds, the 2015 Domaine des Grands Chemins was a complex ***** wine when tasted pre-bottling, while Le Clos red was ****(*) and the Les Launes 2015 (in bottle) a **** w.o.w. wine - a worthy tiercé for Team Delas.

There is sound Côtes du Rhône red as well, while from the full south, the 2016 Grignan-les-Adhémar red was a **** STGT wine, full of juice. The Gigondas Les Reinages red, which hasn't been a notable performer over the years [same source as their Châteauneuf-du-Pape red], suddenly burst out of Alcatraz with a ruggedly honest ****(*) wine in 2017.

ZA de l'Olivet 07300 St-Jean-de-Muzols

Tel: +33(0)475 08 60 30

http://www.delas.com

contact@delas.com

Countries exported to:1) GB 2) USA 3) Belgium

Percentage Exported: 50%

British Importers: Berkmann Wine Cellars, London N7 9NH, +44(0)207 609 4711, www.berkmann.co.uk The Wine Society, Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage SG1 2BT +44(0)1438 737700 www.thewinesociety.com

USA Importers: Maisons Marques & Domaines Ilene Denaro 383 Fourth Street suite 400 Oakland CA 94607 +1510 587 2000 www.mmdusa.net