Young Rhône winemaker Vincent Paris cultivates vines at the southern edge of the village of Cornas. He began making wine in 1997 when his grandfather left him his first hectare. Ten years later he bought an excellent plot, La Geynale, from Robert Michel. Today he cultivates more than six hectares, including five in the Cornas appellation. The steep terraces where his vines are planted are the inspiration for the names of his cuvées Granit 30 and Granit 60. Vincent takes as sustainable and natural an approach as possible and his Cornas wines receive frequent praise from the critics. This still fairly unknown domain is one to discover sooner rather than later.
About the cuvée
This cuvée is made from Syrah from the plots of land located on the right bank of the Rhône, near Valence. Cornas is blessed with an ideal micro-climate to cultivate the domain's old Syrah vines. These grow in very poor soil where rocks surface. The bunches are harvested by hand, destemmed then crushed. They are then vinified in thermo-regulated stainless-steel vats. Extraction gives the wine its beautiful hue. There is numerous and regular pump-over and maceration can last almost a month. The wine is then aged in new barrels and malolactic fermentation takes place in new barriques. After 18 months’ ageing, the wine is bottled. Dominique and Laurent produce 5,000 bottles like this every year and the wine is perfect for keeping.
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