Robert Parker 95
The 2018 Cornas Vieilles Vignes blends fruit from some of the top lieux-dits of the appellation: Combe, Patou, La Cote, Les Mazards and Chaillot. Aged 20 months in approximately 15% new oak, it’s a dark, inky-hued wine, but one that retains bright, fresh fruit notes of red raspberries and plums alongside hints of cedar and menthol. It’s full-bodied and concentrated on the palate, with a firm, granitic structure and sense of restraint, fine-grained, almost silky tannins and tremendous length.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2035
Cask sample. Tasted blind. Meaty, peppery and chocolaty, with tart acidity and soft tannins. Simple finish. (RH)
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2024