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Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Spectator, 92 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Cornas, Rhone, France
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Item no. 89790
Grape variety: 100% Syrah from very old vines (90+ years)
Color: Inky black
Bouquet: The nose is complex with both floral and fruity flavors.
Taste: On the palate, flavors of black fruit, blackcurrants and herbs dominate, accented by a touch of vanilla. A solid, concentrated wine that will continue to evolve for at least two decades.
Serving suggestions: This wine will match perfectly with steak and most game meats.
The 2004 Cornas Les Ruchets, which sees more new oak, comes across as more austere than the Terres Brulees, but it is a bigger wine, although not necessarily better, because the new oak seems to overwhelm the more delicate fruit of this vintage. This dark ruby/purple wine is tannic, backward, and while perhaps more will emerge with aging, I doubt the concentration will carry all the tannin in this wine. It is impressively pure, and it is a relatively big wine for the vintage, but I wouldn’t want to touch it for 4-5 years.
Toastier, with cedary components and dark flavors of espresso and black olive. This is very firm, dense and muscular - the essence of concentrated Cornas opening with air to show more floral notes. Hold 10 years or more.