2011 Cornas, La Geynale, Domaine Vincent Paris

2011 Cornas, La Geynale, Domaine Vincent Paris

Product: 20118020662
2011 Cornas, La Geynale, Domaine Vincent Paris

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The youthful nephew of Berry Bros. & Rudd favourite Robert Michel, who is now retired, is taking on something of an eminence grise persona himself these days, running the Syndicate of Cornas with great skill. It helps to have such fine vineyards of course, many of them inherited. The 2011 vintage he views as less tannic but more aromatic than 2010, to his liking in other words, as he often states that aromatic harmony is the key to a great Cornas.

The famous Geynale site is located immediately above the village in the Reynards commune, its vines chiselled into unadulterated granite, dating from 1910. Dark fruit and massive, monolithic tannins hold sway and will do so for quite some time. Then the sweet and the savoury will start to do battle.
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Domaine Vincent Paris

Domaine Vincent Paris

Vincent started out as a vigneron in 1997. Some two decades on, he is now the proud owner of eight hectares across the appellation. A portion of his vines are situated right at the top of the perilously steep Cornas slopes, looking down on the village itself. Vincent draws attention to this with his Granit cuvées – the number in their names indicates the angle of the slope where the fruit was grown.

His 2019s are bold but balanced, offering both freshness and concentration alongside a firm body of tannins. The Granit cuvées are made with mostly de-stemmed fruit, while his prestigious La Geynale, which is produced in small quantities, is made entirely with whole-bunch from 100-year-old vines, giving it more body and crunch – promising a long, rewarding life in the cellar.

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Cornas

Cornas

Cornas is a small appellation, just 150 hectares, located south of St Joseph. It’s on the west side of the river. The name “Cornas” comes from an old Celtic dialect term, meaning “burnt land”, so it’s no surprise that on the steep terraces here, facing south, temperatures are significantly higher than those in Hermitage, which is just 7km away.

The granite soils are home to the Syrah grape, producing reds that sit somewhere between those of Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. These are strong and powerful wines, with nervy acidity and a robust, rustic charm to them. Their prominent tannins mean that they often demand time in the cellar to express their underlying elegance and complexity.

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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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Critics reviews

The Wine Advocate94+/100
Robert Parker92-95/100
The Wine Advocate94+/100
The 2011 Cornas La Geynale (aged 18 months in barrel) offers a wild array of smoked meat, dusty stone, gunflint, pepper and dried herbs to go with loads of black raspberry and blackberry-styled fruit. Full-bodied, rich and with big structure, it has beautiful texture, no hard edges and serious length on the finish. Give it a couple years to round into form and enjoy it through 2031.
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Robert Parker92-95/100
The 2011 Cornas La Geynale comes from 80-year-old vines planted in the southern end of the appellation. The wine was slightly reduced, making judgment somewhat hazardous. Nevertheless, it is loaded and huge in the mouth with gigantic fruit and colossal extract. Given its richness, there is none of the painful tannins and rusticity that Cornas can sometimes possess. I’ll retaste it next year from bottle and, hopefully, have a better handle on it. 

Vincent Paris is a child of Cornas and his biodynamically run estate now encompasses around 17-18 acres, from which he fashions three remarkable cuvees, the Granite 30, Granite 60 Vieilles Vignes and an offering from the well-known parcel of La Geynale. Paris has enjoyed three consecutive remarkable vintages (as have a number of the finest Cornas producers), 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Granite 30 generally comes from the lower hillside parcels of a lieu-dit called Mazards with soils that are mostly decomposed granite. These are also his youngest vines. You would never know that by tasting what Paris has produced in 2011 and 2010. The Granite 60 comes from three separate parcels of a lieu-dit called Sauman, which is opposite of another famous lieu-dit called Reynard. As Paris says, this is an area that gives more body as well as freshness than other terroirs in Cornas. Vines planted in these three parcels are 20, 60 and 100 years of age.
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #204, Dec 2012
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