"A blend of several different parcels, including a portion of Reynard, the 2016 Cornas les Arênes is aging in 80% oak, 25% of which is new. It's a fine example of Cornas, with crushed stone aromas and firm structure, then loosens up a bit on the ripe, mocha-tinged finish. 2022-2030"
Decanter - 94/100
Jancis Robinson - 17/20
"Cracked black pepper, firm tannin, dense black fruit. Intense and layered and powerful. Very classic and potent. Would be an ideal teaching wine!"
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: Fish in tapenade sauce (Mullet) All meats in sauces,marinates meats Large game with cranberry jelly
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.