Vincent Paris 2018 ‘La Geynale’, Cornas, Rhône Valley, France - DECANTsf

Vincent Paris 2018 ‘La Geynale’, Cornas, Rhône Valley, France

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Vincent Paris 2018 ‘La Geynale’, Cornas, Rhône Valley, France

Farming: Biodynamic

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, mostly whole cluster vinification in (1/3) stainless steel and (2/3) barrel at low temperatures & using native yeasts. Aged in barrique up to 14-18 months. no fining or filtration prior to bottling.


95 points Vinous, Josh Raynolds: Opaque ruby. Highly aromatic aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, incense, exotic spices, violet and a hint of olive. Densely packed and lively on the palate, offering intense dark berry liqueur, floral pastille and salty olive flavors, a hint of smoky minerality and building spiciness. Finishes chewy, focused and extremely long, with mounting tannins lending shape and grip to vivid dark fruit and floral notes

91 points Wine Advocate

97 Points Decanter: This is intense with mouthcoating, ripe tannins that turn your mouth inside out but with remarkably fresh and vibrant smashed blackberry fruit underneath and a distinct juniper and oregano vein to the aromatics. It has an exceptional length with extraordinary vibrancy and terroir expression. A force of nature that’s still very defined and focussed despite the power and ripeness of the fruit.

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