2012 Cornas, Granit 60, Domaine Vincent Paris

2012 Cornas, Granit 60, Domaine Vincent Paris

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2012 Cornas, Granit 60, Domaine Vincent Paris

Description

The eponymous steep granitic slopes are located in Patou, Les Mazards and Saumon and are therefore quite widely spaced, albeit within the context of a 130 hectare appellation.  The evocative Parisian nose of violets and cooked meat cedes, naturally enough, to a palate which is both floral and savoury, with powerful tannins buttressing the edifice as they should in such a fine vintage.
Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer

M. Paris has now been President of the Syndicat of Cornas Growers for nearly as long as his predecessor, M. Clape.  He is now looking for someone to succeed him, as the rigours of the job do not necessarily bestow much by way of reward, notwithstanding reputation of course and perhaps to be seen in the same context as M. Clape is reward enough. His wines certainly merit such acclaim, especially in 2012, which he praises for its harmonious juxtaposition of fruit and ‘matière’.
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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 Advocate94-97/100
Jancis Robinson MW17.5/20
The Wine Advocate94-97/100
Similarly styled, yet slightly richer and more tannic, the 2012 Cornas Granit 60 has incredible notes of black raspberry, powdered rock, graphite, licorice and liquid violets. Also full-bodied, with superb concentration and depth, as well as a firm tannic spine, this gorgeous effort should be given 4-5 years of bottle age and consumed over the following 10-15 years.

An up and coming superstar of Cornas, Vincent Paris manages his roughly 20-acre estate to produce three Cornas; the Granit 30, which comes from younger vines located lower on the slope, in the lieu-dit Mazards; the Granite 60, which includes the older vines of the estate (and comes from steeper, higher elevation slopes); and the La Geynale, which comes from a single plot of 100-year-old vines located mostly in the Renard lieu-dit (it is also the only wine to not see any destemming). With regards to the Granit 30 and Granit 60, the number refers to the slope of the hill where the vines are planted, not the age of the vines. While 2011 and 2012 produced a bevy of more forward, moderately concentrated wines, both of these 2011s and 2012s buck that trend and offer serious depth and richness. They’re some of the top wines in the appellation and readers need to get on this young vigneron’s bandwagon!

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Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate #210, Dec 2013 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW17.5/20
Intense and pure ripe but fresh fruit aroma. Just picked and just ripe blackcurrant and black cherry. Oak in the background to the fruit. Then on the palate, more savoury, oak more evident, firm, thick but smoothed tannins. So much pleasure already and so much more to come.
Julia Harding MW, jancisrobsinson.com - Jan 2014 Read more