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2017 Cornas ‘Les Arènes Sauvages’, Cave de Tain, Rhône

Original price was: £47.00.Current price is: £39.95. inc. VAT

A cracking Cornas that’s ripe and ready to drink.

Made from hand harvested 50 yr old vines on well exposed granite terraces. The climate is continental with Mediterranean influences. The vineyard is near the village of Cornas, mainly facing south in a naturally sheltered amphitheatre and the structure of the soil is very particular, called “Arènes” in French. Due to the gradient of the slopes, work in the vineyards is manual.

Once harvested, whole bunches are destemmed and fermentation is in concrete tanks with remontage and délestage. Aging in a mix of old 400l casks and 228l barrels, one third new.

A serious bottle of wine with plenty of structure and shape, but also with plenty of plush fruit to justify it. Deep dark red with an intense nose of raspberries, spice and a hint of graphite. The palate has more black fruits (blackberry and cherry), pepper and toast. Very approachable now but with the potential to age very well.


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