An understated style, but focus and you’ll see just how lovely the cassis, cherry and raspberry flavors are, carried by riveting acidity and flecked with notes of powdered white pepper and violet. An iron girder drives the finish, pulling everything along. This is defined by pure, sleek cut. Best from 2020 through 2035.
(aged for two years in barriques and demi-muids, 20 percent of them new) Deep ruby. Smoke-accented blackberry and blueberry scents on the deeply perfumed nose, complicated by olive, peppery spice and floral notes. Densely packed dark berry liqueur flavors pick up licorice and cola accents with aeration. Stains the palate and becomes more lively with air, finishing with bright mineral cut, impressive tenacity and building tannins. (JR)
Needs a little breathing space to open. This offers up dark plums and red cherries with wild herbs and wet slate. The palate has a crisp, fine-grained texture with smooth and fluid dark fruit and dark chocolate flavors. Tannins are a highlight – super plush and long. Drink now. (NS)
As to the 2015 reds, I wasn’t able to taste the 2015 Cornas Vieilles Fontaines, but based on the showing of the Vieilles Vignes, I have no doubt it will be a sensational wine. As to the young vine cuvée, notes of wild herbs, peppered meats, garrigue, and sweet currants and blackberries all emerge from Voge's 2015 Cornas les Chailles, and it has full-bodied richness and incredible purity. As always, it has a polished, seamless style, yet it is 100% Cornas through and through. It should drink nicely in its youth and last for 15+ years. 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!
The young(er) vine cuvée is the 2015 Cornas Les Chailles which comes from the Chaillot, Mazards, Chapuze, and Combe lieux-dits. It’s all destemmed and brought up in older barrels. It offers terrific black fruits, saddle leather, bouquet garni and floral/violet aromas and flavors, full-bodied richness, plenty of sweet tannin and a great finish. It's going to be a terrific value.
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