Vincent Paris is a rising young star of Cornas, a region itself on the rise. Vincent’s first vintage was in 1997, made with his uncle Robert Michel, one of Cornas’ finest growers. Vincent owns 6 hectares of vineyards, up 90 years old, primarily in Cornas with a small holding in Saint Joseph.
Walsh reviewed the current release (2009) Vincent Paris Granit 60 here but this release from a lesser vintage is pretty impressive too. As you’d expect, it really benefits from some air. It then smells beautiful – mostly of violets and cracked pepper, though typical notes of twigs, fresh cherries and woodsmoke also make their mark. It tastes much the same, the flavours mostly of spices and woods, flowers and lighter berries. It then finishes firm and stalky. It’s a study of savoury composure. Rated : 92 Points Alcohol : 13% Price : $90 Closure : Cork Drink : 2012 - 2017 Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Vivid ruby. Perfumed nose offers red and dark berries, tobacco, flowers and licorice. Broad and sweet on the palate, with a hint of black pepper providing lift to the sweet blackberry and blueberry flavors. Finishes with gentle tannins, a note of candied licorice and very good grip." (Josh Raynolds Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 11) 13% abv. Rating: 90 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC
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