Deep, vivid magenta. Mineral- and smoke-accented dark berries, licorice and candied flowers on the highly perfumed nose, along with a cracked pepper nuance that lends spicy lift. Offers densely packed, subtly sweet cherry and blueberry flavors that are supported by an undercurrent of smoky minerality that provides back-end cut. Shows a sexy floral quality on the persistent finish, which is shaped by smooth, harmonious tannins
Robert Parker 93
Bottled in June 2019, the 2017 Cornas Vieilles Vignes still seemed shut down when I tasted it, marked by cedary oak and mixed berry flavors. It’s full-bodied and silky-textured, framed by surprisingly tart acids on the long, crisp finish. Worth noting is that this includes the fruit that normally goes into the les Vieilles Fontaines, as that wine was not bottled in 2017. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2035