2010 Cornas, La Geynale, Domaine Vincent Paris

2010 Cornas, La Geynale, Domaine Vincent Paris

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2010 Cornas, La Geynale, Domaine Vincent Paris

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La Geynale is a four hectare south-facing vineyard perched immediately above the village and made up of soils of granite and crumbled loess. Robert Michel has now retired and Vincent is now stamping his identity on the wine, to outstanding effect here! Dark, dark fruit, a massive block of tannin and dark savoury fruit lurking beneath. One of my favourite wines of the entire week spent in the North.
Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer, February 2012

Our relationship with Vincent Paris, the unassuming but talented nephew of Robert Michel, was momentarily threatened by what we felt to be far too much volatile acidity in his 2008 wines. Fortunately the error was both acknowledged and rectified; only the very able can be so humble in contrition, and the subsequent vintages have both been magnificent. Having such ideally-located vineyards is, of course, rather helpful in this regard.

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Domaine Vincent Paris

Domaine Vincent Paris

Vincent Paris, whose first vintage was 1997, is as shy as his wines are bold. In his early 30's, he has retro sideburns, but not much else in the Cornas appellation's new star is "retro". Vincent's uncle is Robert Michel, one of Cornas's finest growers and he made his two first wines with his uncle then, seeking autonomy, rented facilities for the vinification of his most recent wines. He is in the process of building his own winemaking facilities with a courtyard that holds his apricot plantation.

Vincent inherited most of his own vines from his grandfather (some of which are 90 years old) and has also rented some vines from his uncle. Vincent's total rented and owned holdings amount to 8 hectares. They are located at different places along the southeast facing Cornas slope.

In the vineyard Vincent prunes to leave only four bunches of grapes per vine (the norm is between five and seven) which concentrates the vines' growing power and cuts down on the need for green harvests. He ferments at relatively low temperatures and matures his wine in oak barrels for up to 12 months. Vincent's wines are not yet widely discovered, but can already be found on the wine lists of several three star Michelin restaurants.

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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

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The Wine Advocate92-94/100
Parker92-94/100

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate92-94/100
One of the great vineyards in the natural amphitheater of Cornas is La Geynale. The fabulous 2010 Cornas La Geynale reveals noble, sweet blackberry fruit intermixed with bouquet garni, smoked game and hints of balsamic as well as Asian soy. With great fruit, terrific acidity and delineation, and a massive finish, it should be forgotten for 5-8 years and drunk over the following 20-25 years.
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Parker92-94/100
One of the great vineyards in the natural amphitheater of Cornas is La Geynale. The fabulous 2010 Cornas La Geynale reveals noble, sweet blackberry fruit intermixed with bouquet garni, smoked game and hints of balsamic as well as Asian soy. With great fruit, terrific acidity and delineation, and a massive finish, it should be forgotten for 5-8 years and drunk over the following 20-25 years.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Oct 2011) Read more