2016 Crozes-Hermitage, Domaine Des Lises
Both wines needed time to open up, the Crozes more so. When it does it reveals fine notes of violets, iron, ripening blueberries, candle grease, minerals, freeze dried coffee and some peppery aromas. Very young and fine.
The taste is racy and tight with notes of allspice, blueberries, veal meat, violets and earth. Long, mineraly and energetic. Very, very good. Will become great in 5+ years. For 25 Euro, a real bargain. A proof of the 2016 greatness. But - only 10% new oak - too bad, it could, and should, have been (at least) 100%... ;-)
91p (tasted 2018/08)
2016 Syrah, Mullineux
A different creature, more open, wild and generous. The nose is deep and warm with notes od sweet violets, hand pounded meat, smoke and ripe dark flowers. Very good. Has a broad shouldered refinement and a fine warmth.
The taste is tight, warm and peppery with notes of asphalt, violets, blackberries, earth and Christmas spices. Long and rewarding. Very, very good but doesn´t have the complexity of the Crozes. Same prize though, ca 25 Euro.
88p (tasted 2018/08)