09 Feb 2015: Legendary Northern Rhône Vintage!
The Wine Spectator on 2015 N. Rhône:
“France’s Northern Rhône Valley, where normally poker-faced vignerons are smiling from ear to ear. They report a growing season that was as hot as 2003 at times, but with cool nights and well-timed rains that produced very promising wines. Early reports from winemakers throughout the Northern Rhône Valley indicate a potentially classic vintage. The growing season went without a hitch, late-seasons rains were well-timed and yields were in the normal range. Even producers not known for hyperbole wore cat-ate-the-canary grins as they finished picking grapes.”
“2015 made some amazing grapes,” said Jean-Louis Chave, who’s Hermitage and St.-Joseph bottlings are perennial benchmarks for the region. A perfect spring followed by a perfect drought-like summer. Finally we got rain, followed by Indian summer, which helped a lot for a better physiological ripeness.”
The Wine Advocate’s Jeb Dunnuck on the 2015:
As to the 2015s, this is a truly sensational vintage that should not be missed by any Rhône lover out there. Let me say that one more time: 2015 is a truly sensational vintage.
Here’s one our favorite everyday drinkers that we think is a great example of this amazing vintage! This is a unique blend of Syrah and Gamay from vineyards that straddle both the Beaujolais (Gamay) and the Northern Rhone (Syrah).
2015 Pierre Le Grand Syrah-Gamay
On Sale $14.99
“Pierre le Grand’s Syrah-Gamay blend hails from a vineyard located on the border with Saint-Joseph. This wine offers a bright and fruity character that features red and black currant along with white pepper. Round and generous, this is an approachable wine ideal for everyday enjoyment. It is aged in 100% stainless steel.”
More awesome ’15s also on sale:
2015 Vincent Paris Saint Joseph Les Cotes
On Sale $22.99
In addition to his Cornas releases, Paris releases a terrific St Joseph. The inky black-colored 2015 Saint Joseph les Côtes was completely destemmed and aged in a mix of tank and barrels. It offers a gorgeous perfume of violets, black and blue fruits, pepper and hints of mint in a full-bodied, layered and elegant style. The tannin quality here is beautiful, it has top-notch purity and a great finish.
92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, the Wine Advocate
2015 Vincent Paris Cornas Granite 30
On Sale $29.99
Starting with his younger vine cuvée, the 2015 Cornas Granit 30 (1,500 cases) comes from the Patou and Saint Pierre lieux-dits and will see roughly 15 months in barrel. It’s a deep, sexy, fruit-loaded beauty that has a saturated purple color, awesome notes of blackberries, blueberries, violets, spring flowers and licorice, as well as full-bodied richness and sweet, yet present tannin. This puppy has tons of fruit and is relatively upfront and textured, but it has enough tannin to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age.
91- 94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, the Wine Advocate
2015 Vincent Paris Cornas Granite 60
On Sale $39.99
Possessing additional minerality, as well as tannin, the sensational 2015 Cornas Granit 60 offers a kaleidoscope of black raspberry, blueberries, liquid violets, licorice and crushed rocks. Mostly destemmed and coming from the steep parcels located at higher elevations (lieux-dits Patou, Mazards and Sauman), this rich, concentrated, full-bodied beauty will need 4-5 years (or more) of cellaring to shed its baby fat and integrate its tannin, but it’s a killer wine readers should buy by the case; there were just over 400 cases produced.
92-95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, the Wine Advocate
2015 Vincent Paris Cornas “La Geynale”
On Sale $46.99
The 2015 Cornas La Geynale comes from the oldest vines of the estate and the lieux-dits of Reynard and La Genale, all steep, granite terroirs. This cuvée, which is never destemmed, is aged in older barrels. It’s certainly the most classic in style, with more pepper, game, olives and earth, yet still possesses the same purity, fruit and wealth of material found in these cuvées. Full-bodied, deep, concentrated, structured and perfectly balanced, it’s an incredibly complete wine that will need to be forgotten for 4-5 years, and will keep for 10-15 years. Bravo!
95-97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, the Wine Advocate