The 2015 Cornas Les Arenes comes from decomposed, almost sandy, granitic soils and several different estate parcels. Its deep, inky color is followed by a meaty, classic Cornas perfume of blackcurrants, crushed rocks, smoked earth and caramelized meats. Rich, full-bodied, unctuous and yet still pure and nicely focused, it’s going to need short-term cellaring to come together. Robert PARKER - 92-94/100
This wine is a blend of grapes grown on various plots; all of them facing south. The Cornas wines have been invariably famous since the 10th century. They were served to kings, both in France and elsewhere. AOC status and improved quality have enabled the vineyard to regain its reputation. Aging lasts between 12 to 14 months in oak barrels. Regular racking brings enough oxygen to allow the tannins optimum maturing. The colour is an intense garnet red. In its youth, this wine has strong blackcurrant aromas. With time, the fruit aromas gradually fade, giving the way to hints of pepper and liquorice. The palate is structured and has the strongly-defined flavours that are typical from this "terroir".