2016 Cornas, Les Chailles, Alain Voge, Rhône

2016 Cornas, Les Chailles, Alain Voge, Rhône

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2016 Cornas, Les Chailles, Alain Voge, Rhône

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A blend of young vine fruit, the 2016 Cornas les Chailles is a full-bodied, supple wine that offers immediate gratification. Notes of roasted meat and ripe plums come together in an open-knit, accessible format. Drink it over the next 6-7 years.
Joe Czerwinski - 28/12/2018

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Critics reviews

Wine Advocate89/100
Jeb Dunnuck93/100
Wine Spectator 94/100
Decanter95/100
Josh Raynolds, Vinous93/100
Wine Advocate89/100
A blend of young vine fruit, the 2016 Cornas les Chailles is a full-bodied, supple wine that offers immediate gratification. Notes of roasted meat and ripe plums come together in an open-knit, accessible format. Drink it over the next 6-7 years.
Joe Czerwinski - 28/12/2018 Read more
Jeb Dunnuck93/100
Leading off the Cornas releases, the 2016 Cornas Les Chailles is a wine that always delivers pleasure. It offers an exotic bouquet of violets, black and blue fruits, gamey meats, incense, and bouquet garni. It's medium to full-bodied, rich, beautifully textured, and layered, with the charm to drink today and the balance and class to keep for a decade or more. It's a rich, powerful Cornas from 2016.
Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com (December 2018) Read more
Wine Spectator 94/100
A bright, piercing style, with a beam of violet and iron racing forth, backed by bitter cherry and red currant coulis flavors. The finish is flecked with olive, chalk and savory details while staying very focused and pure. Best from 2021 through 2036. 1,175 cases made, 120 cases imported.
James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (April 2019) Read more
Decanter95/100
This smells liked the baked slopes of Cornas; sun-warmed pine needles and dusty herbs, with a dab of tarry black fruit within. It has that raw, blood and iron Cornas character, backed by some slightly earthy, resinous scents. Full-bodied, it has a lovely freshness on the palate. It's mineral and tannic, bristling and writhing, with significant but not oversized savoury tannins on the finish. A good pick this year, especially as it will be good in its youth but also age well.
Matt Walls, Decanter (October 2017) Read more
Josh Raynolds, Vinous93/100
Deep magenta. Fresh black and blue fruits, dark chocolate, violet and a hint of black pepper on the expansive nose. Sappy, sweet and focused on the palate, showing sharp delineation and lift to spice-laced blackberry, cassis, floral pastille and bitter chocolate flavors. Pliant and seamless in texture, showing impressive clarity and spicy thrust on the gently tannic finish, which echoes the spice and floral notes. Drinking window: 2023 - 2030
Josh Raynolds, vinous.com (March 2019) Read more

About this WINE

Domaine Alain Voge

Domaine Alain Voge

Alain Voge is one of the famous names in Cornas. The domaine rose to prominence when Alain joined his father’s smallholding in the late 1950s, moving it from polyculture to focusing exclusively on wine. He became the Cornas appellation’s greatest advocate, championing its reputation internationally as well as at home. Until his death in ’20, he was regarded as the godfather of this portion of the Rhône.

In his five decades at the domaine, Alain worked meticulously: replanting abandoned slopes, regenerating old-vine Syrah and using traditional winemaking techniques to produce increasingly noteworthy wines. Following Alain’s retirement ’04, Chapoutier alumnus Albéric Mazoyer took over as co-owner and winemaker, moving the domaine to biodynamic practices. Since ’18, Lionel Fraisse has been at the helm who continues to champion the sustainable winemaking of his predecessors.

Today, the domaine spans more than 12 hectares: eight in Cornas and four in St Péray. Farmed organically and biodynamically, the wines are vinified traditionally, with the grapes largely de-stemmed and oak influence kept to a minimum in the reds. Despite burgeoning interest and price appreciation in the Northern Rhône, these wines still offer outstanding value.

Lionel is very pleased with his ’20s, describing them as a “grand millésime”. The wines show intense, sweet fruit to complement the grippy core of tannins and graphite. While most famous for his Cornas, his wines from the oft-neglected Saint-Péray sit nicely alongside. The wines are made in a variety of styles: from oaked, to less-oaked, through to sparkling, though Alain himself was most proud of his oaked cuvées.

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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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