Wine Spectator 92 points - Inky ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of cherry compote, dark chocolate, licorice pastille and black pepper. Broad, sweet and fleshy on the palate, with strong intensity to its singed plum, blackberry liqueur and bitter chocolate flavors. This powerful, concentrated, youthfully tannic wine finishes spicy and long, with excellent thrust and mineral-driven persistence.
Similar in style, yet deeper and richer, the 2012 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes comes from 8-9 different parcels and sees roughly 20 months in 15% new French oak barrels. It’s a blockbuster-styled Cornas that doesn’t pull any punches in its sexy, ripe and textured personality. Black raspberry, cassis, licorice, ground herbs and sweet oak all emerge from this polished 2012, and while it dishes out plenty of pleasure now due to its wealth of fruit, it will have 10-15 years of longevity.
Ripe, intense and very pure, with a gorgeously polished, sleek beam of cassis, plum sauce and raspberry fruit lined with mouthwatering iron, lavender and rosemary notes. The long finish has serious cut. Best from 2015 through 2030.J.M.