LVT 2017 r 2017 wh The early thrust from this négociant business was to accentuate wines with overt new oak presence. The oak factor has eased slightly recently - good, and quality has risen by the mid to late 2010s. There is now a drive towards naming wines after the specific lieu-dit in question, rather than branding them, which is another good sign.
I was impressed by the style in several of their 2016 reds, for instance, with flair on the agenda on a few occasions. Côte-Rôtie Les Grandes Places was a genuine **** STGT wine in 2016, for example, and both the 2016 Saint-Joseph Amphore d'Argent and L'Arzelle were ****(*) wines. The style on the reds is now for modern, less extracted wines than before, which offer more enjoyable, less obstacle strewn, drinking. Perhaps the best example of this is Crozes-Hermitage Les Palignons red, a w.o.w. wine in 2012 and 2013, while the 2015 Hermitage Les Chirats de Saint Christophe red was a ***** wine with flair.
The Seyssuel wines, Taburnum and Sotanum, are laden with soaked fruits and are interesting, if expensive. The Condrieu leans towards the new school of lightweight wines, but the 2015 Saint-Joseph L'Élouède white was a full ****(*) wine. Among the other whites, a good name is the Maison Blanche Crozes-Hermitage, formerly called Les Archevêques, a wine of real stature, next to the site of the same name at Hermitage, the 2017 a ****(*) wine. Another good addition is the very drinkable Côtes du Rhône Les Cranilles red, a combination of northern and southern sources, and a Crozes-Hermitage red from Mercurol, Les Grappiats, the 2015 a **** wine when tasted from cask.
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