Maison Les Alexandrins Cornas - 2018

Presentation

Description
Notorious wine since the 10th Century. It has been served on French and foreign Royal tables. Cornas became an Appellation d’Origine Controlé in 1938.
Terroir
For the most part, our wine comes from the locality called “Les Eygats”. Located at an altitude of 250m on decomposed granite slopes, the vines are south, south-east facing.
The vintage
In 2018, we were lucky to have another very good vintage in the Northern Rhône Valley. A generous and qualitative crop despite major climatic hazards that required the greatest attention.
Situation
The Appellation is limited to the locality of Cornas, in the Department of Ardèche on the right bank of the Rhône river. This small appellation of 90 hectares only produces red wines with great ageing potential.
Process
Cold maceration before fermentation to develop the fruit. Maceration and fermentation for 20 days with pumping over during the first few days followed my pumping down. Ageing in 1 and 2 year old casks for 15 months.
Varietals
Syrah : 100%

Tasting advices

Tasting notes
Pretty deep black colour. Fresh and powerful nose, black fruit aromas, coffee and sweet spices. The ageing is well blended. On the palate, this 2017 Cornas develops a beautiful tannic texture, finely shaped, combining freshness and aromatic power. The finish is dense, powerful and surprisingly fresh, thanks to the altitude of the plots. A very nice wine.
Serving
Wines from Cornas tend to open up after a few years. This Cornas has the advantage of having great elegance now and in 2 or 3 years time this will already be a great wine to drink. Having said this if you want to enjoy it with game or a “Lièvre à la Royale” another 7 years will sublimate this wine. Drink at 17°C.