The 2016 Cornas Lieu Dit Patou is a rich, ripe Cornas that's bursting at the seams with notions of black fruits, scorched earth and tapenade. Peppery herbs work their way in there with air, and it's full-bodied, voluptuous and rounded, with excellent purity. This parcel is located in the southern part of the appellation and comes from very old vines. The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? They’re made in tiny quantities and there’s just not enough to go around. For readers who don’t know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team.
Sweet spices, ripe black cherries, fine tannic paste and a long peppery finish. All the elements of Cornas in place here, and there is good potential for future complexity. (RH)
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