Vincent Paris 2017 ‘Granit 30’, Cornas, Rhône Valley, France
Vincent Paris 2017 ‘Granit 30’, Cornas, Rhône Valley
100% Syrah from southwest facing Granite soils, on slopes 300 meters in elevation in Cornas, Northern Rhône Valley. The name of this wine, "30", references both the gradient slope of the vineyard as well as the average age of the vines.
Only about 1000 cases are produced per year, as his yields are very low (and get lower as the vines age).
From Vincent’s youngest vines on the lowest part of the slope of decomposed granite. The vines are located in a lieu dits called Mazards and this wine hits way above its price.
Winemaker/Chef du Cave: Vincent Paris
Vincent Paris inherited most of his vines (some of which are 100 years old) from his grandfather and also rents vines from his uncle, (Robert Michel). Parcels are along the southeast facing Cornas slope are all farmed biodynamically, total 17 hectares. Vincent is also co-president of the Cornas AOC and recently inherited his uncle’s famed Geynale parcel of exceptionally old vines planted in 1910.
Grape Varieties: 100% Syrah
Soil Type: granite
Vinification/Oak Usage: Hand-harvested, partial de-stemming, vinification in (1/3) stainless steel and (2/3) barrel at low temperatures & using native yeasts. About 2/3 of this wine was fermented in Oak Barrels, and then it is held in elevage in barrel for an additional 12 months. No fining or filtration prior to bottling.
91-93 points Jeb Dunnuck - The 2017 Cornas Granit 30 shows a fresher, elegant, polished style as well as perfumed notes of black raspberries, crème de cassis, crushed violets, and hints of bouquet garni. Floral, elegant, and medium-bodied, it's just a pretty, elegant, juicy wine that's going to benefit from short-term cellaring and drink nicely for a decade. (12/2018)
92 points Vinous - Bright purple. Highly perfumed blue fruit, violet and candied licorice aromas show excellent clarity and pick up hints of woodsmoke and menthol as the wine opens up. Juicy and appealingly sweet, offering sappy boysenberry, cherry and spicecake flavors and a touch of smoky bacon. A sexy floral note emerges on the gently tannic finish, which hangs on with strong, spice-tinged persistence. (JR) (9/2019)
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