2016 Guy Farge "Harmonie" Cornas SKU #1388682

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K&L Notes

Guy Farge took over the management of his family estate in 1980. Originally he sold his fruit to the Cave de Tain (where he worked) and then to Delas. In 2007, he began producing wines under his own label. Each year, the wines have grown and evolved as has Guy's winemaking prowess. Now working with his son Thomas, each bottling represents some of the best we have seen from his primarily granitic terroirs. The Cornas is a particularly special site composed primarily of the Reynard lieu-dit and a small portion of Sauman. It is aged in 400L primarily used barrels for about 12 months. The results, as with all of Guy's wines, are pure balanced expressions of this terroir.

Staff Reviews

  • Cameron Hoppas
    By: Cameron Hoppas
    K&L Staff Member
    I love syrah because of wines like this. This wine really showcases the variety's harmonious contradiction--dark color and firm structure on one hand, and overflowing with complex fruit, floral and savory aromas on the other. What really draws me to this wine in particular is the elegant refined tannin reminding me that the wines seriousness, yet it's juicy acidity that makes me want to quaff it down.
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Cornas, a steeply exposed region of tenacious vines clinging to granite soils, achieved appellation status in 1938, just two years after Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but its viticultural roots stretch back well over a thousand years to an obscure monastic order who must have relished the powerful, mineral-driven wines known for their black heart. The vicissitudes of time, two cataclysmic world wars and the physical labor involved in growing wines on precipitous hillsides makes one marvel that Cornas survived at all, but here we are, with a bottle in front of us named 'Harmonie' of all things, proof that man and nature working together can truly surmount all obstacles. Arriving at only 13% abv, this elegant wine is an equilibrium of aromatic black-berried fruits, cured olives and clove spice, with a touch of tar and minerals on the finish. A lovely marriage of power and purity, drink long and deep!
  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine is powerful. Dark and brooding, like the cozy excitement of being inside during a crazy mountain storm-- wind whipping and branches scratching at the windows. This is a wine that sidles up to the drinker in seductive fashion, but it comes from a place of true wildness. That bewitching stranger at the bar you feel at once drawn to and wary of. On the front end, there is more bright fruit than the nose would suggest, lots of ripe tart cherry and blueberry, and there is some fantastic spice on the finish. I re-visited the '15 release recently for comparison-- the bacon fat and smoked meat elements from the previous vintage are extremely subtle (probably due to the perfect ripeness of the 2016 harvest disguising it), but will likely emerge more after a few years as the acid quiets. I am very excited to finish my first bottle with something rich and meaty, and even more excited to open the rest of them after a bit of time in the cellar.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    Cornas has traditionally been known as the rustic little brother to the more regal Cote-Rotie and Hermitage appellations. But much has changed over the years in how winemakers approach the rugged, steep slopes of Cornas. It’s an eye-opening experience to taste the new wave of wines being released from this famed, but sometimes overlooked appellation. The wines of Guy Farge capture this movement brilliantly. The first thing that strikes you with this wine is copious amounts of blue and black berries. Following closely behind you get spice notes along with the tell-tale sanguine aromatics that allude to meat; specifically ham and bacon. Bringing up the rear the wine delivers hints of blue flowers and a just a touch of black olives. This wine makes a strong argument why you should be drinking (buying) more Northern Rhone Syrah, specifically Cornas. Count me in.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Staring down from the top of the hill of Les Reynardes is quite a site. My vertigo kicks in, just reminiscing about it. Sitting on one side lies the vineyards of master of Cornas - August Clape and the other is cultiest Rhone winemaker Thierry Allemand. Right down the middle is the hard scrabble decomposing granite slope of Guy Farge. The real estate is breathtaking, nearly warranting a rope and pulley system to harvest. At the very least some really good hiking boots. Even more overwhelming is the quality of the wine Farge is making from this site. We were originally drawn to this producer because of his top tier Saint-Joseph wines that are now beginning to fall on the radar of top wine critics, but what made us stay is the Cornas. It is deep, rich and sauvage but with wonderful underlying acidity. The 2016 vintage provides more up front fruit now but the savory spices keep coming through and the promise of smoky meaty qualities-to-come are ever present. This is sexy now with fatty braised cuts. A smoked brisket or some lambs shanks would certainly not disappoint. But this is surely worthy of a little cellar time if you are so inclined.


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