Grape grower Denis Larivière started bottling wines in 2010 with the help of winemakers Marlène Durand and Mark Romak. They make Friandise from the fruit of the young vines on the 40-acre estate in Crozes-Hermitage. In 2019, the wine has a neon brightness to its flavors, the purple fruit electric in its energy. It’s lush but lifted, with the scent of flowers and of the forest on a cool, sunny day. It may be a little blunt in its youth, but it remains fresh and vital for days after opening, a testament to its quality.
Domaine Melody 2019 Crozes-Hermitage Friandise (Best Buy)
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is W&S’s editor at large and covers the wines of the Mediterranean and Central and Eastern Europe for the magazine.
This story appears in the print issue of February 2021.
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