Rhône Valley - Cornas
very black, complex and slightly reductive on the nose. The wine shows notes of ripe, wild black fruit, which are then joined by notes of graphite, carbon and soot.
massive on entry to the palate with tight, lovely mineral tautness. Overall, the wine gives a sensation of volume, is full-bodied on the palate, well-structured, meaty and crisp. This is a powerful, distinguished Cornas, which shows a great deal of balance.
A blend of grapes from 3 areas in the appellation:
• Foothills made up of alluvium from a highly decomposed
granite bedrock (gore). Early ripening areas (Cayret,
• Granite slopes with more limestone, located in the north
of the appellation (Arlettes).
• A later ripening area at higher altitude (Saint-Pierre)
composed of granitic sands with limestone and silt
Traditional vinification in concrete tanks. Extraction using the pumping over method. 4 week maceration period.
The wine is aged for 14 months in oak barrels previously used for one to two vintages.