Crozes-Hermitage ‘L’Espiegle’ 2014, Christelle Betton, Rhône, France
Winemaker Christelle Betton farms just 5 hectares on her family estate in the Northern Rhône, with ‘L’Espiegle’ (translating as ‘mischievous’) coming from her younger vines. Aged in 4-8 year old white Burgundy barrels, every parcel is vinified and aged separately. This 100% Syrah has the characteristic flashes of cracked black pepper and meaty undertow of good Syrah, is impeccably balanced, and immediately loveable. Picked up at Theatre of Wine’s newest shop in Leytonstone, owner Daniel Illsley imports this wine from the domaine himself. Immediately taken to Panda Dim sum across the road. BYO restaurant, pork dumplings and Syrah — turns out they get along really well.