From vines of over 100 years old grown on south facing granite soils. Some stemmy aromas bring fresh thyme, rosemary, star-anise and white pepper freshness to the aromatics, and a deep menthol coolness, an effect of not destemming. It is full-bodied, rich and concentrated in fruit with wonderful freshness. Very lively too, with citrus and berry acidity woven through the deep, juicy blackberry and damson fruit. A touch of crème de mûre on the palate, and some spicy notes on the finish. This is a relatively light Geynale in fruit, not as darkly-fruited as some years, nor quite as monolithic, but it's very well balanced and harmonious, surging with life and energy. The tannins are fresh, savoury and saline, and there is enough here to see the wine through into the long term. Complex and thrilling. (MW)
There are only about 3,000 bottles of the stunning 2016 Cornas la Geynale. Tasted from tank prior to bottling, it looks every bit the equal of the 2015—oozing with concentrated purple fruit and crushed stone but without that vintage’s massive tannins. The 100-year-old vines Paris works with at this site face south and achieved terrific ripeness, making the wine approachable relatively young. Vincent Paris has been working in Cornas for more than a decade, but still qualifies (in my opinion) as one of the young guys. His prized parcel is in La Geynale, a plot of 100-year-old vines facing due south. His 2015s are classically firm, structured wines that demand cellaring, while the 2016s are more flattering to taste yet still express their terroirs. Paris says he used to do more pigeage but has cut back in favor of gentler extraction techniques. The wines are still plenty dark and concentrated but perhaps a bit less austere as a result. (JC)
As always, the 2016 Cornas La Geynale is the most classic in style. From the La Genale and Reynard lieux-dits and not destemmed, it boasts a deep purple/plum color, awesome notes of blackcurrants, crushed pepper, game and tapenade, full-bodied richness, and a stacked, concentrated profile on the palate. It's the most tannic of the lineup and will need 3-4 years of bottle age, but is brilliant stuff.
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