A grape variety with incredible charm, Syrah can produce very great wines for laying down as well as wines that are immediately accessible. Here are two absolutely delicious ones not to be missed this weekend.
Drink less. Drink better.
Domaine Combier, Cuvée Laurent Combier 2021, Crozes-Hermitage, France $33.25 – SAQ code 15014616 – 12.5% – Organic
< p>With around thirty hectares of vines mostly located in Crozes-Hermitage, Laurent Combier produces some of the finest Syrahs in the appellation. Year after year, the wines are remarkably pure. The 2021 confirms this with its alluring nose of black fruits, violet, pepper and a touch of eucalyptus. On the palate, the wine shows a generous, fresh and drinkable fruitiness. The tannins are delicate, and the finish lingers for quite a while on notes of blackcurrant. A thirst-quenching Syrah to be served slightly chilled.
★★★ 1⁄2 $$$ 1⁄2
La Ferme des Sept Lunes, Premier Quartier 2020, Saint-Joseph, France $41.25 – SAQ code 14748191 – 14% – Organic/Nature
Jean Delobre has been at the head of La Ferme des Sept Lunes since 1984, thus representing the 3rd generation of his family on these lands. The domain in polyculture (apricot trees, cereals, meadows) delivered its grapes to a cooperative, then, in 2001, Jean Delobre decided to launch his first vinifications. Everything is done biodynamically with very little winemaking intervention. Result: a syrah a little more “wild” than the previous wine. Prolonged contact with oxygen will do him good. We guess aromas of black fruits in jam, plum and spices. The mouth is also more fleshy, dense and velvety with more structured tannins. A hint of volatile acidity jazzes it all up. Good persistence with slight animal and cherry notes.
★★★ 1⁄2 $$$$
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★★★ Very Good
More stars than dollars: well worth the price.
As many stars as dollars: worth the price.
Fewer stars than dollars: the wine is expensive .