Les Vieilles Vignes
This is our classic wine. The oldest of the Domain’s wines, it was created during the 1970s to highlight the long-standing family vineyard. Vines for this wine are located in the heart of the appellation, facing those we first replanted. Les Vieilles Vignes is a wine that reflects our history and our winemaking know-how.
The entire domain is cultivated using organic and biodynamic viticulture.
Situated on slopes at an altitude of approximately 200 metres, facing South-South-East, the vines of our classic wine are on average 60 years old. Their roots delve deep down into old, worn granite rock, called gores locally.
It was an early, sun-kissed vintage. Sufficient rain in August alleviated the intense heat and drought conditions of the month of July. Yields were good. The wines are rich and powerful, but lively thanks to a touch of acidity in the reds, the distinctive feature of a magnificent vintage.
OUR VINE GROWING AND WINEMAKING
• Organic certification for the vines and wine in the 2016 vintage and biodynamic methods used.
• Syrah vines trained and pruned in the Gobelet style and supported by stakes.
• Hand-picked harvests.
• Partial destemming with 20 % whole grapes.
• Fermentation with natural yeasts and maceration for several weeks in stainless steel vats, with cap-punching and pumping-over done twice a day.
• Maturation in 228-litre barrels for 20 months, with 15% to 20% new barrels.
• Amount of sulphite reduced: 44 mg/l total SO2 (100 mg/litre authorised in organic winemaking).
• Production : 14.300 bottles / 300 magnums.
• Ageing potential: 20 years.
The dish :
Hare à la Royale
“Game in general, and especially hare, is the kind of meat that pairs ideally with the Cornas wine made by Mr Voge.
I suggest this version of Hare à la Royale: the saddle stuffed with foie gras and a stewed preparation thickened with blood and the rest of the animal.
After a few years of ageing, Cornas Vieilles Vignes is a great match for this dish with its hints of leather, pepper and distinct, delicate tannins.”
The chef :
Thomas Ponson, at the “Thomas” restaurant, Lyon 2e
Part of Best Rhône 2016 : The Top Scorers
... Sun warmed herbs accompany sand, lavender and raspberry on the nose. It has good aromatic freshness and definition, and the full-bodied palate is also clean, super fresh and lively. It's dense and ripe, defined by serrated tannins, keen acidity and a mouth-coating character.
This is full of character, a very classic expression of Cornas that's not massive, but is detailed, clear and sinwy with mineral hints.
Seriously good this year.
Drinking window 2022-2036
Matt WALLS - DECANTER score 97