2010 Cornas, Domaine du Tunnel

2010 Cornas, Domaine du Tunnel

Product: 20108008033
2010 Cornas, Domaine du Tunnel

Description

A classic assemblage from vines of up to 55 years of age, this is an outstanding Cornas which effortlessly combines rich dark fruit with hints of pepper, scrub, charcuterie and licorice. As always with Stéphane there is a sweet fruit core and an elegant finish.
Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer, February 2012

A thoroughly deserved elevation to two stars in Le Revue des Vins de France (there are only three producers with three stars and not many more with two in the Northern Rhône) could not have happened to a nicer man than Stéphane Robert. To get Cornas right one must not lose sight of its history as ‘le vin noir’, almost impenetrable in its youth, but one must also pay careful attention to the purity of fruit and tannin management .This he has done with great aplomb.

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Domaine Du Tunnel

Domaine Du Tunnel

Located in a somewhat anonymous back-street of St Peray in Rhone, Domaine Du Tunnel is forging a reputation as one of the leading wine producers in newly rejuvenated villages of St Peray and Cornas, both famous through history and throughout France for making, respectively, excellent white and red wines.

Now, with the savoir faire of young vignerons such as Stéphane Robert, this reputation is set to achieve more international recognition.

Stephane began building this domain in 1994, when he was 24. He now works with 3ha in Cornas, 2.5 in Saint Joseph and 2 in Saint Peray, most of which he owns Aiming for wines which are characterised by fruit intensity rather than oak

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Cornas

Cornas

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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Syrah/Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz

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.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

The Wine Advocate91-93/100
Jancis17/20
Parker91-93/100

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate91-93/100
Stephane Robert presented only one 2010, the 2010 Cornas, a fabulous effort boasting an opaque purple color as well as lots of blackberry, asphalt and incense notes, a full-bodied mouthfeel, good minerality and fresh acids.
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Jancis17/20
Bottled December 2011. Very dark crimson. Round and supple – a very fruity take on Cornas. Tant mieux. Very delightfully splitting the difference between old and new.
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Parker91-93/100
Stephane Robert presented only one 2010, the 2010 Cornas, a fabulous effort boasting an opaque purple color as well as lots of blackberry, asphalt and incense notes, a full-bodied mouthfeel, good minerality and fresh acids.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Oct 2011) Read more