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2010 Cornas, Les Vieilles Fontaines, Domaine Alain Voge

2010 Cornas, Les Vieilles Fontaines, Domaine Alain Voge

Red | Ready, but will improve | Domaine Alain Voge | Code:  11112 | 2010 | France > Rhône > Cornas | Syrah/Shiraz | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol


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The Wine Advocate




The Wine Advocate - Even better than the 2012 - and one of the greatest Cornas I've ever tasted - the 2010 Cornas Vieilles Fontaines comes from a tiny plot of old vines and granite soils named after the fountain located near the vines. Sensationally concentrated, powerful, backward and tasting like the essence of these steep granite slopes, it gives up loads of cassis, freshly crushed rock, wood smoke, black raspberry and roasted meats.This full-bodied beauty is as profound as they come, yet needs 4-5 years of cellaring and will keep for 20-30 years. Robert Parker rated this beauty 100 points on release and I can only agree with him. Hats off to Alain Voge and winemaker Albert Mazoyer.
Jeb Dunnuck - 14/09/2015

Parker - The essence of Cornas is best expressed with the 2010 Cornas Les Vieilles Fontaines. Its opaque purple color is followed by ethereal aromas of smoked game, blackberry liqueur, crushed rocks, licorice, truffle and graphite. Massive on the palate, with unbelievable concentration, huge tannins and outstanding acidity, this 2010 is only for patient, disciplined connoisseurs as it will require 5-10 years of cellaring. It should age effortlessly for three decades.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #197 Oct 2011)

Voge has turned in extraordinary Cornas offerings in both 2009 and 2010. He is also one of the finest producers of dry St.-Peray, which compete with the top wines of that appellation now being produced by Stephane Robert. Voge’s 2010 Cornas may only be eclipsed by his 2009s. These wines are now being made by Albert Mazoyers, who worked for many years with Michel Chapoutier and is one of the most respected young wine producers in the northern Rhone.

The Producer

Domaine Alain Voge

Domaine Alain Voge

Domaine Alain Voge is an excellent domaine based in the Northern Rhone wine appellation of St Peray and has been no stranger to Berrys over the years.

From the more traditional end of the spectrum, which in terms of Cornas means wines of incalculable gravitas, the Voge wines are now vinified by Chapoutier alumnus, Albert Mazoyers, and have never been better.

The domaine's philosophy is to practice biodynamic viticulture on the slopes of the Rhône right bank, dedicated to Syrah and Marsanne.

The Grape



A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

The Region



Cornas is situated directly south of St. Joseph, and to the west of the river Rhône. It is 12km south of Tournon and directly east of Valence. Importantly, temperatures here are hotter than Hermitage, which is only 7km away. Cornas is a small appellation located in a south-facing semi-ampitheatre with granite-rich soils. The appellation was established in 1938 and only red wines are made, produced solely from the Syrah grape.

A contributing factor to the style of the wines is the granitic soil; the wines are made traditionally and often spend two years in oak. They are also strong and powerful – a cross between Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie, but typically displaying less elegance and finesse. They tend to be much more serious wines than either St Joseph or Crozes-Hermitage, however.

Cornas can have a slightly raw and rustic side to them. Young Cornas can be deep and dense, almost pitch black in colour and ferociously tannic. After five to 10 years of ageing the best examples take on a more elegant and complex character, marked by aromas of sous bois and wild animals.

Recommended producers: Robert MichelAugustus ClapePaul Jaboulet
Best vintages: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001, 1999, 1991, 1990

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