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LVT 2018 r 2018 wh A domaine that in the past held a close association with ex-restaurateur Patrick Lesec, a merchant. That meant OAK. There are modern winemaking techniques, including micro-oxygenation that may advance the ageing process. The biggest wines benefit from cellar ageing to allow integration. Quality is reliable, the style modern. Perhaps there is a little less oak, and a bit more style, in the final vintages of the 2010s. Overall, I have found it a shame that there hasn't been much questing over the four and a half decades that I have known the domaine and the family, no real search for extra pockets of flair or character. Having said that, when the vintage is very good, the wines usually correspond to that standard. One can take the example of the 2018 Cornas, of which there are 3,600 bottles: once it has aborbed its 50% new oak, it will reveal genuine cool fruit and good length, a ****(*) wine when tasted pre-bottling.

The whites often provide the truest, best drinking: back in the 1970s, this was a domaine known for its white wine quality under grandfather Alphonse Desmeure. Hence it was good that the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvée Particulière white was a ***(*) STGT wine. The 2015 Hermitage Cuvée Émilie red, from the granite west end of the hill, was a knock-out ***** wine, almost six stars, pre-bottling, while the 2018 was also very good, a ****(*) wine. The Saint-Joseph red has been a good recent performer, too, the 2018 ****(*) and the 2017 ****

Philippe Desmeure, daughter Emilie 1459 avenue du Vercors route de Romans 26600 Mercurol Veaunes

Tel: +33(0)475 07 44 28



Countries exported to:1) USA 2) GB 3) Belgium, Denmark, NL

Percentage Exported: 35%

British Importers: Fields Morris & Verdin London SW8 3NS +44(0)207 819 0360 www.fmvwines.com Berry Brothers www.bbr.com

USA Importers: French Libation Emilie Terrier & Adrien Carrard 66 West Broadway suite 301 New York NY 10007 +1981 09 72 92 www.frenchlibation.com emilie@frenchlibation.com Esprit du Vin Wines 48 Harbor Park Drive Port Washington NY 11050-4653 +1516 802 4800 www.edvwines.com Patrick Lesec - Chemin des Vins, www.chemindesvins.com +1 508-545-1532