Varietal: 100% Syrah.
The Cornas, depending on the age of the vines, are vinified in two ways:
The old vines are first scraped to 100% and then put in tank with pigéage morning and evening, when the youngest, located in the foothills of Cornas and harvested later, the bunches are put whole to undergo the same pigéage.
These two wines are aged for 12 months in oak barrels and are blended together.
Deep color with purple reflection. Framed by a breeding still present, the nose must escape to release a kirsch fruit as well as refined notes of flowers, spicy and bouquet, mocha, licorice stick and nutmeg, violet, cherry juice and kernel. A lot of generosity, the silky matter, the mineral grain and the melted tannins, while undergoing the renewal of hardness that communicates the freshness of the acidity.
2016 is a true vintage of winegrowers. This year was curious, a near absence of winter with mild temperatures had the effect of launching the vegetative cycle of the vine very early, which created pressures of cryptogamic diseases, and the palm goes back to the mildew that has Delighted with the humidity until the beginning of June when it was necessary to be very careful and observant.
Fortunately, there was a very dry and hot summer that cleans up the vineyards. The sanitary condition was perfect with juices less greedy than 2015 but with beautiful colors thanks to this summer, which allowed to obtain a concentration of juice with good tannins and interesting aromas. Also the acidity is even more interesting than last year, and thanks to the rains of mid-September it allows to offer wines very well balanced with good yields.
A vintage less famous than 2015 but winemakers valued more.
Jeb Dunnuck – “Notes of charred meats, spice box, some chocolate, ground pepper, and earth all emerge from the 2016 Cornas, which is rich, savory, medium to full-bodied, and ripe. It’s a rocking Cornas from this estate that’s old school and feral. This cuvée comes from older vines and higher elevation sites, and was destemmed and spent a year in used barrels.” (93 Pts)
Vinous – “Vivid purple. Mineral-accented cherry and dark berry liqueur scents are complicated by hints of cola and licorice. Sweet and nicely expansive on the palate, offering sappy blueberry, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that pick up a hint of salty olive with aeration. A subtle chewing tobacco note comes up on the clinging finish, which shows very good delineation and gentle tannins.” (91 Pts)