88-90 points Robert Parker: "The 2005s are a step up in concentration power, structure, and aging potential. The 2005 Cornas Granite 30 has a deep ruby/purple color and notes of blueberry, black raspberry, crushed rocks, and white flowers. The wine is impressively well-made, broodingly backward and tight at present, but very promising. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2016." (04/07) Vincent Paris, whose first vintage was 1997, is as shy as his wines are bold. In his early 30's, he has retro sideburns, but not much else in the Cornas appellation's new star is "retro". Vincent's uncle is Robert Michel, one of Cornas' finest growers. He made his two first wines with his uncle then, seeking autonomy, rented facilities for the vinification of his most recent wines. He is in the process of building his own winemaking facilities with a courtyard that holds his apricot plantation. Vincent inherited most of his own vines from his grandfather (some of which are 90 years old) and has also rented some vines from his uncle. Vincent's total rented and owned holdings amount to 8 hectares. They are located at different places along the southeast facing Cornas slope and a small lot in St. Joseph. The Granit 30 is from younger vines at a lower grade slope than the 60, but from the same fine granitic soil.
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