The policy of Delas selling this particular cuvée at an older age than its competitors' Côte Rôtie certainly gives this wine a headstart in tasting. With its perfumed berry flavors and ripe but structured fruit, it is already showing signs of being ready to drink. Violets, toast and flavors of dark coffee add to its complexity.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.