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Domaine des Lises Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2020

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Domaine des Lises Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2020
Producer Domaine des Lises
Region, Country Crozes Hermitage, France
Bottle Size 750ml
Product Code 22124-750

As always, Maxime’s estate Crozes comes from a grouping of vineyards near the village of Beaumont-Monteux, only a couple of kilometres from his father’s vines. The lieu-dits are called Les Bosquets and Les Pichères. Here, in the most south-easterly part of the appellation, the soils are full of gravel and alluvial stones, low in clay and fast-draining—very similar to the Domaine Alain Graillot soils in Les Chênes Verts, just to the north. This soil type lends itself to a refined, aromatic Syrah with a pronounced savoury profile. Planted throughout the 1980s, the vines are now managed organically (certification is due soon). 


The fermentations are entirely natural, and Graillot Jr. uses only a small whole-bunch component, usually in the realm of 20-30%. It is, therefore, a wine that tends to ‘come around’ earlier than the 100% whole-bunch wines that carry the Alain Graillot name. The 2020 was fermented in concrete vats and then racked into one, two and three-year-old Burgundy barrels—purchased from some of the top estates—and 12-hectolitre Stockinger cask. There is also a tiny component (less than 10%) of new barrels purchased from the Atelier Centre France, whose bespoke steam-bent barrels are now used at Guiberteau, Didier Dagueneau and François Chidaine. The wine spent 11 months in barrel and was brought together for three months in large fût tronconique. It is bottled unfiltered.





Domaine des Lises Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2020

Reviews

“Deep violet. Lively aromas of fresh blackberry, cherry and candied flowers, along with cracked pepper and olive flourishes. At once rich and energetic, offering juicy, mineral-laced black and blue fruit flavors and hints of candied violet and five-spice powder. Picks up a smoky nuance with air and finishes gently tannic and very long, leaving behind resonating mineral and floral notes.”
91 points, Josh Reynolds, Vinous
“Bright dark red, with purple; there’s raspberry fruit on the nose, but it’s reserved, has a nice sunny tone, offers a pure front. The palate is a touch on its lees, but has good balance, fine body, with discreet tannins, some herbal notes within, the sunshine effect. This will be open, tuneful, has gentle length, w.o.w. potential.”
John Livingstone-Learmonth, Drink Rhône

Reviews

“Deep violet. Lively aromas of fresh blackberry, cherry and candied flowers, along with cracked pepper and olive flourishes. At once rich and energetic, offering juicy, mineral-laced black and blue fruit flavors and hints of candied violet and five-spice powder. Picks up a smoky nuance with air and finishes gently tannic and very long, leaving behind resonating mineral and floral notes.”
91 points, Josh Reynolds, Vinous
“Bright dark red, with purple; there’s raspberry fruit on the nose, but it’s reserved, has a nice sunny tone, offers a pure front. The palate is a touch on its lees, but has good balance, fine body, with discreet tannins, some herbal notes within, the sunshine effect. This will be open, tuneful, has gentle length, w.o.w. potential.”
John Livingstone-Learmonth, Drink Rhône

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