2016 Alain Voge 'Les Vieilles Vignes' 1er Cru Cornas

$79.95
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Blended from 6 different plots with an average age of 60 years, this is the most classic expression of this important domaine. Suckling calls this “another huge success, with hints of cracked pepper and briars accenting red plums and then picking up licorice on the long, softly dusty finish. Full-bodied, concentrated and supple, it's approachable now,” while Dunnuck liked its “Lifted notes of black and blue fruits, damp earth, spring flowers, and violets all emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated yet elegant red that stays balanced on the palate, with good acidity. It's another powerful, seriously endowed, pedal-to-the-metal Cornas that will have two decades of longevity.”

Varietal:
Syrah
Vintage:
2016
Aging:
20 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 20% new
Appellation:
Rhone Valley
Sub-Appellation:
Cornas
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Syrah
SKU #:
1WAVO16IR3VVCORNAS
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Wine Advocate

In almost every vintage, it's worth the price difference to step up to Voge's Vieilles Vignes bottling. Certainly, the 2016 Cornas Vieilles Vignes is another huge success, with hints of cracked pepper and briars accenting red plums and then picking up licorice on the long, softly dusty finish. Full-bodied, concentrated and supple, it's approachable now yet looks sure to evolve gracefully for at least a decade.

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Vinous

Deep bright-rimmed violet. Powerful, mineral-accented black currant, potpourri, olive paste and woodsmoke scents are sharpened by a peppery topnote. Displays impressive clarity and dark fruit thrust on the palate, offering smoke-tinged black and blue fruit and spicecake flavors and a suave suggestion of candied violet. The juicy, expansive finish is framed by velvety tannins and features a strong echo of floral pastilles.

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James Suckling

Impressive depth and detail with swirling, fragrant complexity of ripe blackberries and plenty of dark minerals. The oak is dialed-up, but the old-vine fruit is up to it. Concentrated, dense tannins, long, dark-fruit flavors and a bright future. From organically grown grapes. Try in 2022.

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Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes is similar in style to the Vieilles Fontaines, just slightly less concentrated. It comes from the Combe, Patou, La Côte, Les Mazards and Chaillot lieux-dits and is partially destemmed and brought up mostly in neutral barrels. Lifted notes of black and blue fruits, damp earth, spring flowers, and violets all emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated yet elegant red that stays balanced on the palate, with good acidity. It's another powerful, seriously endowed, pedal-to-the-metal Cornas that will have two decades of longevity.