2018 l’Earl Domaine Verset A & E à Cornas

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From Syrah paradise, this is benchmark Cornas, from the new generation of the iconic Verset name.

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The Northern Rhône region is a paradise for Syrah lovers. And the keenest collectors flock to the steep slopes of Cornas.

Whilst the Noël Verset name might be legendary in these parts, here the A & E stands for Alain (Noël’s nephew) and his daughter Emmanuelle, who’s taken things on since 2016.

A handsome wine from the warmer 2018 vintage, this skilfully balances richness and energy. Sumptous syrah. Whole bunches used here, lend a lovely herby, green olive thread through the riper black plummy fruit and charry spice. Whilst it’ll reward a few years of bottle age, if you’re curiously impatient, this’ll welcome a vigorous, sloshy decant.

Syrah plantings going back to the 1960's from central-southern Cornas sites. This is a blend of all 5 vineyards they own. · Les Mazards, which is on the flat and planted in 2007 decomposed granite· Champelrose, on the flat 105 year old vines owned by Nöel Verset· Reynard, in front of Thierry Allemand's vineyard on the slope· Le Geneynales, 105 year old vines on solid granite· Les Côtes, 60 year old vines owned by Louis Verset

Undergoes whole bunch fermentation for 10-15 days with pumping over, cap punching. Aged for 14 months in a mix of older barrels; 3-4 year old 400-litre oak casks, some 228-litre oak casks.

Unfined, unfiltered.

96 Points - "Feels youthful and strongly painted with whole bunch character, white pepper, sage, tomato leaf and sour cherries the motif in the bouquet. Incredible texture, so succulent, tugging at the palate on a web of fine tannins, but so much sweet, dark fruit flavour, a pretty dusting of cinnamon spice, a little alpine herb lift and a sense of meatiness and ferrous savouriness. So much going on. A seriously good, complex yet supremely elegant wine." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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