This veers towards the Sozet school rather then the Beliando/Fauterie school. Mesmerizing nose of game, herbs, lavender, fresh tweed, blackberry, smoked meats, gravy, just impossibly complex and super super stunning. The black fruits are crystalline and focused. Wow. What purity. The lavender top note is truly spectacular. Palate is superb. Sweet fruited and with all kinds of freshness. Super acids. It’s 18 so there is a wall of tannin and also huge god level minerality. Olives galore on the palate. Stunning. But man does this need air. I’ll be back. Wow the energy on this wine is just incredible. Nose is crazy mineral now after 3 hours. Palate has picked up heft and minerality. So juicy. The most backwards young but maybe the most promising young vintage so far. — 10 days ago
Methinks the ‘16 Rodano Chianti Reserva outdid this in terms of gamey ness, which is a compliment: gorgeous fruit here, light on bacon fat, very powerful but still svelte & tamed. Sure, another 12-15 years to go, but so generous at its 6year mark. What a treat — 19 days ago
This is settling in nicely, the terroir is beginning to show through the winemaking and becoming more truthful to Cornas. Oak and extraction are integrating nicely. Granular tannin, firm mineral feel on the back end. Blackberry, olive, beef blood, fur, cast iron, leather, ash, forest floral, autumnal. — 2 days ago
Deep ruby color as expected. Animal nose leather, blood, mushrooms (ceps), which smells of sweat and sex. Deep supple mouth, with many shades dominated by black pepper; developing as tasting sips after sips with also fine floral notes and mineral touches: A real trip! The acid grid is now nuanced, it's to drink now.
Robe rubis profonde comme attendue. Nez animal cuir, sanguin, champignons (cèpes), qui sent la sueur et le sexe. Bouche souple profond, aux nombreuses nuances dominées par le poivre noir; se développant à mesure de la dégustation gorgées après gorgées avec également des notes fines florales et un touche minéral: Un vrai voyage! La trame acide est aujourd’hui nuancée, c’est à boire maintenant. — a month ago
Excellent whole cluster northern Rhône. Dark and brooding. Wild yet refined. Would definitely buy again for 50 dollars. — 6 days ago