Domaine Lionnet – Josh Raynolds (Vinous)

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2019 Domaine Lionnet Saint-Joseph Blanc Pierre Blanche

Incisive aromas of fresh nectarine, orange zest and succulent flowers carry a chalky mineral overtone. Sappy, concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors show excellent clarity and stain the palate, picking up a touch of fennel and delivering powerful back-end lift. The mineral and floral qualities repeat strongly on the impressively long, sharply focused finish, which leaves a hint of bitter orange pith behind.

(92-94)
May 2020

2019 Domaine Lionnet Cornas Terre Brulée

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.

(94-96)
May 2020

2019 Domaine Lionnet Cornas Pur Granit

Vibrant, spice- and mineral-tinged dark berry and cherry aromas are complemented by suggestions of olive, licorice and pungent flowers. Energetic, appealingly sweet black and blue fruit and candied violet flavors deepen with air while a smoky mineral element adds lift and back-end cut. Velvety tannins add gentle grip to an impressively long, floral-driven finish that leaves a repeating floral note behind.

(93-95)
May 2020

2019 Domaine Lionnet Saint-Joseph Terre Neuve

Pungent cherry and blue fruit aromas are energized by building mineral and spice accents. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering ripe boysenberry and cherry flavors that deepen steadily through the midpalate. The spicy note comes back on a smooth, appealingly sweet finish that features sneaky tannins and resonating florality.

(91-93)
May 2020

2018 Domaine Lionnet Saint-Joseph Blanc Pierre Blanche

Light, vivid yellow. Expansive, smoke-tinged orchard and pit fruit aromas show excellent clarity, and a sexy floral element emerges with air. Sappy, palate-coating pear nectar and nectarine flavors show serious depth and complicating notes of honey and candied ginger, while a gingery element adds spicy lift. The pear note returns on the chewy finish, which hangs on with superb tenacity and repeating florality.

93
2022 – 2028
May 2020

2018 Domaine Lionnet Cornas Terre Brulée

Opaque violet color. Precise, mineral-accented scents of blackberry, cassis and exotic spices are accompanied by a slowly emerging floral nuance. Sappy and energetic on the palate, displaying sharp delineation to its concentrated black/blue fruit, floral pastille, olive and allspice flavors. Finishes extremely long and spicy, with intense mineral thrust, a hint of candied violet and subtly chewy, harmonious tannins that make a late appearance.

95
2026 – 2036
Apr 2020

2018 Domaine Lionnet Cornas Pur Granit

Vivid purple. Suave, mineral-tinged scents of blackberry, cassis, cherry and exotic spices are accompanied by a steadily emerging floral nuance. Sappy and energetic on the palate, showing powerful, concentrated black/blue fruit, floral pastille and spicecake flavors. Finishes extremely long and precise, with intense mineral thrust, a hint of cracked pepper and youthfully chewy tannins that add framework and grip.

94
2025 – 2035
Apr 2020

2018 Domaine Lionnet Saint-Joseph Terre Neuve

Inky, bright-rimmed ruby. Vibrant, mineral-tinged red and blue fruit, potpourri and licorice aromas are given a spicy edge by a hint of cracked pepper. Nicely concentrated yet vibrant in style, offering sweet black raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors that pick up a frisson of spiciness on the back half. Shows sharp delineation and mineral cut on the nervy finish, which is framed by silky, harmonious tannins.

92
2023 – 2029
Apr 2020

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