Vincent Paris Granit 60 Cornas 2012

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photoThe Northern Rhone is home to the world’s best Syrah but also its most underwhelming and overpriced (with some pockets of California also joining this latter category). It is becoming increasingly difficult to find great wines from the top three appellations – Hermitage, Cote-Rotie and Cornas – that do not completely break the bank.

Towards Greatness: Heritage and Dedication

Vincent Paris is a younger producer gaining increasing attention. Though his first vintage was only in 1997, Paris has quickly headed toward the upper echelon of classically styled Cornas. Today, arguably only Clape and Allemand make better Syrah from this AOC.

Being lucky enough to purchase old vine vineyards from one’s grandfather at below market value certainly provides the necessary raw material to vault a reputation quickly into stardom (the vineyards were so coveted as to create a bidding war amongst the Northern Rhone’s top producers, such as JL Chave). But more than this old-vine material, some of which was planted 90 years ago, it is strict attention to low yields (the vines are pruned to only 4 bunches each) and careful vinification with low temperature fermentation in tank and then in old barrique that provides the necessary polish. The style is hands off and fruit focused, but also very clean.

Perfect Syrah

The Cornas bottlings moved towards greatness since the mid-2000’s. Now, however, with the 2012’s I think Paris has created some of the greatest wines of the Northern Rhone. The Granit 30 is an entry level more approachable style and excellent, but it is the Granit 60 and the top wine the Geynale that in 2012 present Paris in absolute top form.

The Granit 60 is made with old vines on steep granitic slopes located in Patou, Les Mazards and Saumon. The 2012 is, simply, perfect Syrah.

Violets and high toned red berry fruit, with lots of raspberry and strawberry rather than the darker plum and blackberry notes you can get from Cornas. This wine is already highly expressive at this young age. The palate completes the full range of every flavour and texture you want from great Syrah: pepper, red fruits, savory herbs, and a hint of meatiness. I probably taste and drink around 100 bottles of Syrah a year from the world’s top producers and this is one of the best Syrah’s I’ve ever had. It is perfect for cellaring but so amazingly delicious now there is almost no point.

$80 at kits wine


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