Chateau La Dournie Elise 2016 Saint-Chinian

(Code: DOUR/ELISE/16)
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Chateau La Dournie Elise 2016 Saint-Chinian
Region Saint-Chinian, north-west of Béziers
Colour/Style Dry red, aged 1 year in oak barrels, 1 year in vat in vat
Grapes 90% Syrah, 10% Grenache (50 year old vines)
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Venison, beef, lamb and vegetable hotpot, roast pork
Next day 
Still singing
Drink Now, or to 2030
A deep, semi-opaque purple core, with a narrow rim. An enticing array of fruit and savoury aromas - bramble and plum combine with black olives and new leather, garrigue herbs, damp earth, along with subtle woodsmoke and floral notes - a wine of considerable complexity. Elise is always the most "northern Rhone" of La Dournie's wines in style (and therefore also representitive of the finest schiste-grown Saint-Chinian terroir) and this vintage is no different. Granted, it is still pretty primary and youthful on the palate, but it already displays the body, freshness, fruit, minerality and black olive quality typical of this cuvée. It is beautifully ripe and full of succulent black cherry and bramble fruit flavours, but with plenty of nuance and complexity peeping through, with a nice balance between fine tannins and juicy, spiky acidity. Although undoubtedly approachable now, this will begin to show it's true potential in a year or two and evolve brilliantly for at least ten more. Without a doubt one of the finest wines in the appellation.