Also showing the incredible purity and elegance that's the hallmark of this estate, the 2015 Cornas les Vieilles Vignes comes from the La Côte and Mazards lieux-dits and is a bigger, richer, more mineral-laced version of the Les Chailles. Black raspberries, blueberries, crushed rocks, liquid violets, black olives and new saddle leather all flow to a full-bodied, rich, concentrated Cornas that has sweet tannins (but plenty of them), impeccable balance and a killer finish. Buy it by the case (there’s a little more than 1,000 cases made) and enjoy bottles over the coming 2-3 decades. Winemaker Albéric Mazoyer continues to keep this estate at the top of the pyramid in Cornas. The winemaking is impeccable, with one foot in the past and one in the future, which is always a good sign. The 2014s reviewed here all showed well in the vintage, and while they lack the depth and richness found in the 2015s, they have beautiful purity and will drink well in their youth. The 2015s are incredibly rich, unctuous beauties that are going to rival the 2009s and 2010s. Don’t miss them!(JD)
(raised for two years in barriques and demi-muids, 25 percent of them new) Dark purple. Explosively perfumed aromas of black and blue fruits, incense, potpourri and black pepper; a minerally nuance adds vivacity. Stains the palate with deeply concentrated, spice-accented blackberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors, picking up floral pastille and olive paste nuances with air. Velvety, slow-building tannins shape and add grip to an extremely long, sharply focused finish, where the mineral and floral notes echo strongly. The blend of richness and vivacity here is quite something.(JR)
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