2014 Franck Balthazar Cornas Les Chaillots
"Over the last decade, the soft-spoken Franck Balthazar has emerged as one of the most consistently top-notch winemakers not just in Cornas, but in the entire Rhône Valley. Winemaking here is very traditional, utilizing whole clusters and only 10% to 15% new oak "just to maintain the usual rotation of wood, not for aroma or flavor."
Balthazar's Cornas bottlings are some of the most elegant of the appellation, but their light touch can be deceiving. They have also proven to be excellent cellar candidates even though they show a highly seductive character in their youth." - Josh Raynolds, Vinous