2014 Vincent Paris Cornas GeynaleSyrah / Shiraz from France
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"Vincent Paris, whose first vintage was 1997, is as shy as his wines are bold. In his early 30's, he has retro sideburns, but not much else in the Cornas appellation's new star...
- 95 Tim Atkin, MW
- 91-94 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 92-94 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
- 92 Wine Spectator
95 Tim Atkin, MW
"Incredible nose of wild herbs, camphor, raspberry, balsamic fruits, plum sauce. You name it. Powerful and intensely concentrated, but not heavy, totally fresh and alive. It breathes. So fresh, so powerful, it’s a force of nature. Never disappoints.”
91-94 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The most meaty, structured and peppery of the 2014s, the 2014 Cornas la Geynale comes from two superb parcels: La Geynale and Reynard. Fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged the standard 18 months in older barrels (two- to eight-year-old-barrels), it offers lots of savory herbs, pepper, smoked earth and meaty dark fruits to go with a medium to full-bodied, layered, textured and age-worthy feel on the palate. It’s easily the most structured and tannic of the 2014s, will benefit from short term cellaring and keep for 10-15 years."
92-94 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
"Dark purple. Powerful, deep-pitched blackberry and cherry liqueur aromas, displaying slow-building spice and floral pastille nuances. Concentrated dark fruit flavors are slow to unfold, eventually offering up suggestions of black cardamom and cola. Shows a bright, spicy quality on the clinging, mineral-driven finish, which is sappy, subtly sweet and sharply focused."
92 Wine Spectator
"A vibrant, fresh style, with a pure beam of cassis and bitter cherry fruit lined with mouthwatering white pepper and chalk notes. Shows a long violet echo on the finish. Built on purity, this should age gracefully. Drink now through 2026. 300 cases made. -JM"
"Vincent Paris, whose first vintage was 1997, is as shy as his wines are bold. In his early 30's, he has retro sideburns, but not much else in the Cornas appellation's new star is "retro". Vincent's uncle is Robert Michel, one of Cornas' finest growers. He made his two first wines with his uncle then, seeking autonomy, rented facilities for the vinification of his most recent wines. He is in the process of building his own winemaking facilities with a courtyard that holds his apricot plantation.
Vincent Paris, co-president of the appellation of Cornas with Jacques Lemencier, owns 6 hectares of vineyards and produces about 2,500cs per year of which 1,600cs are Cornas. He inherited most of his own vines from his grandfather (some of which are 90 years old) and has also rented some vines from his uncle. Vincent's total rented and owned holdings amount to 8 hectares. They are located at different places primarily along the southeast facing Cornas slope and a small lot in St. Joseph.
He prunes to only four bunches of grapes per vine (the norm is between five and seven) which concentrates the vines' growing power and cuts down on the need for green harvests. He ferments at relatively low temperatures and matures his wine in oak barrels for up to 12 months." - Importer
95 - Tim Atkin, MW
91-94 - Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92-94 - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
92 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Syrah / Shiraz|
|Features||Organic and Biodynamic|
|Taste||currant, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry|
|Nose||spice box, cedar and dark fruit|