Cornas: Equis 2017
"Scents of crushed stone and red-skinned plums mark the nose of the 2017 Cornas. Medium to full-bodied, firm and tannic, it finishes long and dusty, with hints of dried herbs. Give it another year or two in the cellar and drink it over the next decade or so. Drink 2023 - 2035. 92/100."
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate.
A lovely Cornas wine in the modern style, produced by Alain Graillot's son, Max and friend Thomas Schmittel, who are steadily building up a successful négociant business by securing small parcels of grapes from prime locations.
This Cornas wine has a bright core of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit supported by fondant tannins, peppery undertones and deftly-integrated oak. If decanted, you could happily drink this precocious offering from release but it will undoubtedly benefit from 5 to 10 years bottle-age.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Cornas|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Charcuterie, Mushrooms|
|Cellarage||This Cornas wine should cellar well for a decade from vintage.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.1|
Maxime Graillot (who was born in 1977) has followed in his father Alain's footsteps, and after studying at the Dijon Wine School he struck out on his own in 2004 working 6.5 hectares of vines on a site called 'Les Pichères' close to his father's estate on the Chassis plateau in Crozes Hermitage. Maxime produces a light, forward drinking Spring-bottling of red Crozes Hermitage called 'Equinoxe' as well as a denser, more senior wine under his Domaine des Lises label.
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