Domaine Lionnet Terre Brûlée Cornas 2019
- Textured, savoury
- Rhône Valley
We talk about age in wine a lot, whether it be the vines, the bottles, or oak barrels. Here, we’re going to introduce you to Domaine Lionnet: the Northern Rhône producer who are coming up on five centuries of winemaking. Now that’s an age to gawk at. Although their work has been long-running, they have maintained small holdings of land which are all manually and organically cared for. The steep, south facing slopes of Cornas give life to powerful wines that show the full spectrum of syrah (shiraz to us Aussies); add in some whole-bunch fermentation, heavy extraction of the skins, and light influences from oak and you arrive at the Terre Brûlée. Like all wines from this Domaine, this will command your attention: lifted aromatics of violets, rose and cherry appear out of the glass with unmistakeable meaty edges. The palate delivers strong and spicy, weaving between balsamic, licorice, and smoky black plums. This is a keeper, one to treasure for many years to come.
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Corinne Lionnet has run the family Domaine for the last 20 years, bringing the winery into modernity while cherishing the long traditions it holds. Corinne has gained the winery its organic certification ensuring the family legacy can continue sustainably for centuries to come.
“Vinous Suave, mineral-accented blackberry, cassis, cherry compote and exotic spice qualities on the intensely perfumed nose, along with a slowly emerging floral nuance. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, displaying powerful lift to the concentrated black and blue fruit, floral pastille and spicecake flavors. Finishes extremely long and spicy, with pronounced mineral thrust, a hint of smoky bacon and gently chewy, well-knit tannins.”
Full price $140.00 from the producer.
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- Rhône Valley
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The Rhône Valley is a dichotomous beast. The North is ruled by Syrah (=Shiraz), with or without a touch of Viognier for perfume, while in the South you'll find all matter of blends such as those of Chateauneuf du Pape (about thirteen varieties in these on average, at last count...) and the origins of the GSM (heard of Côtes du Rhône?). The Northern Rhône is Australia's ultimate sparring partner in the 'we say Shiraz, you say Syrah' fencing match. With such famous names as Côtes-Rôtie, Gigondas and Crozes-Hermitage (remember when Grange was called Hermitage...?), you can bet your bottom dollar - and the few hundred that go with it - that you'll need to be ticking off a few of the better ones before you kick it. Don't discount the whites though. Some of the finest whites you'll ever try come from Condrieu (the most sensual Viognier you'll try, at a price), and the lesser (in cost, at least) blends, often based on Grenache Blanc or Viognier. And watch out for dry, Rhône rose - it's become so popular that the industry bodies are warning the region not to over-produce. Look out Kiwi Sav Blanc!