"Referring to the Spanish word for very finely decomposed granite soils, almost to the point of sand, the 2013 Cornas Les Arênes is an outstanding Cornas that makes the most of the vintage. Cassis, crushed rocks, bouquet garni and plenty of rocky minerality emerge from this medium-bodied, elegant, yet nicely concentrated 2013. It has fresh acids and fine tannin, and should drink nicely through 2023."
Vinous - 91/100
"(aged in 20% new oak): Vivid ruby. Dark berries, licorice, mocha and peppery spices on the perfumed nose. Silky, sweet and seamless on the palate, offering vibrant dark berry and floral pastille flavors given zesty bite by a suggestion of black pepper. Vanilla and olive paste nuances appear on a very long, gently tannic finish that strongly echoes the dark berry note. In an elegant style for Cornas, displaying a fruit-driven personality that should make this wine enjoyable on the relatively young side."
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
intense red colour with purple lights.
very ripe fruits, raspberry and blackcurrant jams.
blackberries, spices, morello cherry. Dense and tight tannins with a great persistency in mouth.
Sommelier's advice: Serving temperature: 16-18°C.
The grapes are entirely hand-harvested.
Part of the vineyard is located on decomposing granite, known locally as “gore”, the other is on alluvial clay-limestone soil. This kind of soil produces powerful, meaty wines with good tannin. This type of granite also gives the wine power and a nice taut acidity.
Vinification is carried out in the traditional way, the harvest is destemmed. Fermentation lasts about 10 days and is followed by an around three-week maceration.
After vinification, the ageing process starts and lasts 14-16 months. 80% of the wine goes into oak barrels (100% French). The remaining 20% are aged in concrete tanks, which preserves the fruit and minerality expressed on these granitic soils.