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Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Fontaines 2003

Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Fontaines 2003

Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France

Price: $89.00
Item No. 87864
  • RP93
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1996
  • RP91
  • ST88

Winemaker's Notes

Deeply colored with a purple hue, they smell of freshly crushed blackberries with a sauvage (or wild), gamey element. The flavors are dense and layered, with fresh black, briary fruit, and a velvety, jammy intensity. Fully integrated, ripe tannins.

Almost all of the vines at Domaine Voge are 50+ years old, meaning that virtually all of Voge's production is labelled Vieilles Vignes. Steeply sloping like Côte Rôtie and facing south and east, the terroir of Cornas is dense granitic schist rather than mica-based as in Côte Rôtie, giving the wines a more subtle elegance in the mouth and a bit more high-toned purple fruit in flavor.

"Produced from 100 plus-year Syrah vines planted on pure granite, the 2003 Cornas Vieilles Fontaines is a candidate for Cornas of the vintage. While extremely backward and more austere than the Vieilles Vignes cuvee, it possesses remarkable freshness and vigor as well as a dense ruby/purple color, and an extraordinary nose of acacia flowers, melted licorice, plums, blackberries, and truffles. The wine is deep, full-bodied, relatively high in tannin, and exceptionally lively and well-defined. Give it 3-5 years of bottle age, and consume it over the following 15 or more years. It is a potential legend in the making."
-Wine Advocate

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Since its inception, several generations ago, Domaine Alain Voge has always been a family domain located in Cornas. In 1958, Alain Voge joined his father to work on the small typical farm. He decided to specialise in wine. At the time, it was an audacious decision: despite their history, the Cornas and Saint Peray appellations were forgotten sleeping beauties. Very quickly, he...

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Learn About Cornas

(core-NAHS) Talk about potential... the appellation of Cornas is lesser-known than its northern counterparts, but has the ability to make delicious, hearty, long-lasting wines. The hills of Cornas are steep and hug the Rhone river, as many Northern Rhone appellations do. Cornas is typically best when aged for up to 10 years, although pioneer winemakers, like Jean-Luc Columbo...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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