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Lorient 2020 Cornas

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Laure and Dimitri's Cornas comes from a one hectare parcel of Syrah that is located just above the Chaillots vineyard. These are the sole vines that they did not plant themselves, so they are currently 30 years old and grown on decomposed granitic soils. Fermentation is in an unlined concrete tank, with a mix of de-stemmed grapes and whole clusters. Extraction is intentionally very gentle, with no pump overs. This wine sees the most aging, compared to their Saint-Joseph and their Saint-Peray whites. Here, the wine ages 15-18 months in 228 and 400L neutral barrels, and is then re-assembled in concrete before bottling. The 2020 Cornas is elegant and burgundian in style, with sublte blackberry and red fruit profile, complimented by lavender and eucalyptus notes. This is definitely more acid and freshness than sappiness or richness, though it should still age beautifully for 5-10 years. The finish is mineral with herbs, stones and violets. Though I love a rich and concentrated Syrah, this style of elevated fresh wine with obvious depth is really nice. Serve at cellar temp or  at least below room temperature. 

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