Cornas Wine

Cornas is a major appellation in the northern Rhone. Only red Cornas is made. Cornas easily approaches Hermitage and Cote-Rotie in quality and finesse. It, too, has terraced, sun-roasted slopes planted to Syrah, and produces inky, powerful wines which prefer long aging. Of course, these inhumanly steep slopes are difficult to farm, so the appellation fell into decline in the early 20th century. In the 1980s, interest in these excellent wines returned, and now, it’s a source of some of the best value in the entire region.

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Colombard

    History of the grape: Colombard is believed to be a crossing of Gouais Blanc and Chenin Blanc, although horticultural...

  • Burger Grape

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  • Alain Voge

    Since its inception, several generations ago, Domaine Alain Voge has always been a family domain ...

  • Domaine Courbis

    Laurent and Dominique COURBIS are running the family domaine the origins of which go back to the ...

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Cornas on Snooth

  • NDDave, thread drift is inevitable here.  It's a miracle when it stays ... stays ... already covering Cornas, a few regions of Cali, and Cote Rotie.  Lamb cooked over fig wood (or plum--haven't quite decided) on the grill.&nbs Read More

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  • I could hardly keep all the wines straight.  Shouldn't have even tried ... of business winery), some Cornas and some Cote Rotie, so we have option Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old Vine Offline, we killed it!


  • Cornas is the smallest at 90 hectares, about 240 acres vine plantings.  Hermitage is about 140 hectares (345 acres), Cote Rotie 224 hectares or 550 acres, C-H a massive (tongue in cheek) 1238 hectares (3000-ish acres), and St. Joseph 920 hectares (2275 or so acres). For reference, CdP alone has 3200 hectares under vine.  All the N. Rhone togethe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Perfection in bottle? Paul...


  • Duncan, you stole those at the prices you paid! Esp love the C-R horizontal. ... do it blind and throw in a Cornas or something to see if the winemaking made a difference larger than the terroir.  Or another vintage by one of these makers.  And you need to wait till I'm over on your side of the pond before you do anything. ;-)I am going to fol... Read More

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  • I agree with Foxall in that some of the northern Rhones are a little bit ... ... ... on Snooth,a Jaboulet Cornas and a Marc Sorrel Hermitage.They are a bit expensive however although Croze-Hermitage and St Joseph offer better value for money.I must confess that I have recently splashed out and bought;www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/46059ww... Read More

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  • I won't deny it:  I envy you. Just spent a bunch of time emailing ... ... on from C-R, Hermitage, Cornas is pretty incredible.  But it'll be a long time before I get to drink a bottle as special as those.The good news is that there is lots of great California Syrah coming on, from small producers like Arnot-Roberts, Copain, Jemrose, and Halcon... Read More

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  • Jean-Luc Colombo la Louvee Cornas 2010

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    Wine review by mark


  • Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas Renaissance 2010

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    This has a wonderful nose filled with meat, floral mint, and green olive aromas all topped with a nice dash of cracked pepper. On entry this is filled with dusty tannins supporting stiff fruit that shows a nice blend of concentration and minerality but this does lack some acidity and finishes fairly quickly showing some heat and clumsy extractio... Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas Renaissance 2010

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    This has a wonderful nose filled with meat, floral mint, and green olive aromas all topped with a nice dash of cracked pepper. On entry this is filled with dusty tannins supporting stiff fruit that shows a nice blend of concentration and minerality but this does lack some acidity and finishes fairly quickly showing some heat and clumsy extractio... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Franck Balthazar Chaillot Cornas 2010

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    Just beautiful on the nose with fresh aromas of violets, black pepper and sweet crushed fruit. Perhaps a touch soft on entry, this firms up in the mouth with fine grained tannins and good acidity supporting slightly gamy and slightly astringent red berry fruit that has a slightly inky feel on the backend and shows fine persistence to the fruit t... Read More

    Wine review by mark


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