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Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Fontaines 2015 (750ML)

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96 WA / 95-97 VM / 96-98 JD / 18 JR

Only produced in top vintages (this is the first since 2012), the 2015 Cornas Vieilles Fontaines comes from 80-year-old vines within the La Fontaine lieu-dit. It's a tough wine to evaluate at this stage, as it's quite closed and reticent on the nose, showing some crushed-stone notes and typical granite-based austerity, but on the palate it shows great purity of fruit and vigor. It's full-bodied but tight-laced, focused on driving through the long finish like a thoroughbred down the stretch. Give it at least 5 years in the cellar. Joe Czerwinski – The Wine Advocate

aged in barriques and demi-muids, 25 percent of them new, for two years) Saturated ruby. Deep-pitched black and blue fruit scents are complicated by suggestions of potpourri, smoky minerals, incense and cola. Broad, fleshy and concentrated, offering palate-staining but shockingly vivacious cherry, blueberry and floral pastille flavors accented by smoky Indian spices and minerals. Sweet and penetrating on the youthfully tannic finish, which shows superb clarity and dark-fruit-driven persistence. Josh Raynolds – Vinous Media

Not yet bottled, the flagship 2015 Cornas Les Vieilles Fontaines comes from a tiny parcel of very old vines and granite soils and is brought up in 25% new barrels. Its inky purple color is followed by a terrific perfume of blackberry liqueur, blueberries, ground herbs, new saddle leather and violets. Deep, rich and concentrated, with a classic, focused style, it has terrific purity of fruit, ripe, polished tannin and a big finish. It's not the biggest example of this cuvée, yet it's perfectly balanced, elegant and seamless. - Jeb Dunnuck

Intoxicating opulence on the nose. Compressed blackberry jus with gorgeous violet fragrance and punchy yet polished tannin. The nose is really something to behold – a profound, rich, expressive and classic style. (RH) Jancis Robinson

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