Since 1997, when Vincent Paris vilified his first vintage of Cornas, he has been talked about as one of the top up-and-coming winemakers in the entire Northern Rhone. His uncle was famed grower/producer Robert Michel, and when he retired in 2006, Vincent was given the incredible opportunity to purchase his vineyards at well below market price (even though there was massive interest from top producers like Clape and Jean-Louis Chave).
Vincent has shined from the start, staying clear of trends (new oak) and preferring to let purity and classicism be his guides. His three Cornas wines are some of the great examples of Syrah from the region:
Cornas Granit 30 is from the youngest vines (average 15 years) on the estate. The granitic soils of Cornas are very visible in this cuvee, and the average slope angel is roughly 30 degrees, hence the name of the cuvee. Yields are well below normal, averaging about 20 hectolitres per hectare. This is a great introduction to Syrah from Cornas, a wine that can be easily consumed now, or hold for 5-7 years.
Cornas Granit 60 is from 60+ year old vines on a 60 degrees slope in the Reynard sector of Cornas. This is a serious Cornas, with excellent grip, black fruits and incredible minerality. This will go 10-15 years without difficulty if you can have the patience (I've never been able to wait that long).
Cornas la Geynale is possibly the finest vineyard in all of Cornas, and Vincent owns just over one hectare of it. Some of his vines are over 100 years old, and pre-phylloxera as well. 100% whole cluster fermentation here, with an unending supply of depth and concentration.
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