Thomas Schmittel of Domaine des Lises (pictured above with Olivier Meisonnave of Dax restaurant) was being shown around town today with his importer Charles Derain of Nomad Wines. The two were armed with four bottles of wine, all of them enchanting. Domaine des Lises is owned by Maxime Graillot, who also owns the famous eponymous estate in Crozes Hermitage. Lises has been run organically for fifteen years, and is now in conversion for full certification.

The wines here are generally bottled with 50 gl total sulphur, 25gl free SO2. Thomas has been experimenting with sulphur-free wine – which tastes very different he says. He also has a small parcel of ungrafted vines which he has made into a separate cuvée.


Cuvée Equinox 2017, Crozes-Hermitage

“Our picnic wine”, says Thomas, of this wine, made from bought-in grapes from a single vineyard. A light refreshing supple wine with exuberant savoury dark cherry fruits and a tannin-free finish.

I would serve this cool, with all sorts of charcuterie and salads.

100% de-stemmed, a six day maceration followed by pressing and fermentation in concrete and then months in four thousand litre oak casks.

€24 from, Ely 64wine, Glasthule and Green Man Wines, Terenure.





Domaine des Lises 2015, Crozes-Hermitage

From a warm vintage, this is a structured rich wine, with meaty dark fruits, and plenty of tannic grip. It still has a certain elegance, but ideally you would keep this a few years.


Thomas said this wine is always made the same way, allowing the vintage to shine through. 30% whole-bunch, a twenty day maceration in concrete with punching down during fermentation. Aged for ten months in barrel and demi-muid, including malolactic fermentation.


€34 from, Ely 64wine, Glasthule and Green Man Wines, Terenure.



Domaine des Lises 2016, Crozes-Hermitage


From a more classic vintage, this is a superb wine, classic Syrah, with pure violet aromas and elegant silky fresh dark fruits and liquorice on the palate. There is a touch of new oak, but it is very subtle.


€34 from, Ely 64wine, Glasthule and Green Man Wines, Terenure.





Domaine des Lises 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc

From some unique clay soils in Crozes, this is a delicious rich textured wine with mouth-watering peaches and nectarines and the slightest hint of spice. A very impressive moreish wine. 70% Marsanne 30% Roussanne.

Available in restaurants.


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  1. Peter ballantyne February 4, 2020

    Hi John

    I can remember when we used to beat you at rugby.

    How are things with you?



    • John Wilson February 14, 2020

      All good here Peter. I think we are now quits? Not quite so confident about the Brits though. Are you enjoying well-deserved retirement? John


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