2017 Domaine Lionnet Cornas Terre Brulée
Inky ruby. Powerful, deeply perfumed aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, licorice and olive, along with a sexy floral overtone. Coats the palate with juicy blackberry, boysenberry, violet pastille and spicecake flavors, while a smoky mineral flourish adds vibrant lift. Chewy tannins shape an impressively long, mineral-accented finish that shows very good power and spicy thrust.
— Josh Raynolds Score: 93 Drinking window: 2024 – 2033
2017 Domaine Lionnet Cornas Pur Granit
Opaque purple. Powerful black and blue fruit liqueur aromas show sharp delineation and pick up suave floral and incense nuances with air. Rich, chewy and focused on the palate, offering concentrated blueberry, cassis and spicecake flavors supported by a core of juicy acidity. Finishes sappy, sweet and impressively long, with steadily building tannins and persistent blue fruit character.
— Josh Raynolds Score: 93 Drinking window: 2023 – 2032
2017 Domaine Lionnet Saint-Joseph Terre Neuve
Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented black and blue fruit, floral and licorice aromas are energized by a suggestion of cracked pepper. Juicy and broad on the palate, offering ripe boysenberry, blueberry and floral pastille flavors that tighten up steadily with aeration. Densely packed yet energetic as well, finishing with excellent clarity, smooth tannins and mineral-driven persistence.
— Josh Raynolds Score: 91 Drinking window: 2022 – 2030