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2022 Cornas from Domaine Vincent Paris

We are very pleased to be able to offer you sought-after allocations of the 2022 vintage from Domaine Vincent Paris in Cornas, in the Northern Rhône. Cornas has been undergoing a renaissance and Vincent Paris is one of its most sought-after names. 

As elsewhere, the 2022 vintage saw extremes of heat in Cornas, but with hydric stress ("blockage") leading the vines to shut down, preserving acidity levels and keeping alcohol levels moderate.  The keynote words for these wines are elegant, balanced, complex, floral and smoky.   

Paris has been part of the renaissance in Cornas over the last three decades, but with a production of just 2,500 cases per year, he has remained firmly a name for the cognoscenti.  His Cornas 'Granit 30' and 'Granit 60' are named after the gradients of the vineyards, which are both on granite subsoils.  When we tasted the 2022s last autumn, both wines showed complex layers of fruit and floral aromas, with a smoky intensity to them, the 'Granit 60' offering even more depth and breadth on the palate than the '30'.

'La Geynale' is predominantly from the Genale vineyard, with a small amount of fruit from the neighbouring 'Reynard' vineyard, hence the coinage 'Geynale'.  The 2022 showed spice and delicate wood smoke on the nose, with very fine, composed tannins.

Rarified and as sought-after as these wines are, they are remarkably well-priced, relative to their terroirs and when compared to equivalent wines from Bordeaux, with much of the same combination of power and elegance.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to order.

Offered en primeur, landing spring 2024.



Domaine Vincent Paris, Cornas

Producer Profile

Domaine Vincent Paris, Cornas

About Domaine Vincent Paris, Cornas

This shy, under-the-radar star of the Rhône has been making wine here in Cornas since the early '90s, when he inherited a hectare of vines from his father and bought the famous 'Genale' lieu-dit vineyard from his uncle, Robert Michel (himself a star of Cornas).  Vincent Paris now has 8 hectares of vines and makes some of the most sought-after wines from this tiny AOC. 

Cornas was once as highly regarded as Bordeaux, but went into decline after phylloxera hit in the late 19th century.  The proposition of working vineyards on the vertiginous slopes here did not entice new growers and by the 1980s there were just a handful of domaines keeping the name alive (Robert Michel being one of them). 

Made in tiny quantities, Paris' wines are shared between specialist merchants around the world and the tables of many Michelin-starred restaurants across France and beyond. 

RED 2022 Vincent Paris - Cornas 'Granit 30' 75cl £125 per case of 6 Vincent Paris
Cornas 'Granit 30'
2022 / / 75cl
£125 per case of 6
Tasting NotesAged in older oak barrels. Ethereal, floral aromas on the nose and complex secondary development on both the nose and palate. Fresh acidity, black fruits, subtle woodsmoke aromas, spice and very elegant tannic structure. RKL------"The 2022 Cornas Granit 30 was made from fully destemmed grapes. It exhales prominent black fruit aromatics paired with pencil shavings, iodine and an underlying rusticity. Medium- to full-bodied, structured and concentrated, there's plenty of old-world savoriness in this classic 2022 Cornas. 2025-2032. 91-93 points." Nicolas Greinacher,"Coming from vines lower on the slope, closer to the village, and all destemmed, the 2022 Cornas Granit 30 reveals a vivid purple/plum hue to go with a beautiful bouquet of ripe red, blue, and black fruits that turn more peppery and floral with air. It's clearly the most forward and accessible of the trio here, but it's still classic Cornas and has good acidity, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. 92-94 points"
RED 2022 Vincent Paris - Cornas 'Granit 60' 75cl £185 per case of 6 Vincent Paris
Cornas 'Granit 60'
2022 / / 75cl
£185 per case of 6
Tasting NotesAged for 16 months in 2-8 year old barrels. This has all the attributes of the 'Granit 30', but with a broader, fuller palate and more concentration. More of that delicate woodsmoke aroma on the nose. Nevertheless, the overall impression is of elegance and complexity. Heavenly! Not a word I usually use in tasting notes, but the complex floral aromas and meaty character are sublime. RKL------"Fermented with 30% whole clusters and brought up in used barrel, the 2022 Cornas Granit 60 is lifted and vibrant, with cassis and some candied blue fruits as well as fresh thyme, bouquet garni, pepper, and liquid violet-driven aromatics. Medium to full-bodied and nicely balanced, with the vintage's ripe yet still fresh style, it should benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and have 15 years of overall longevity. 92-94 points""The broad-shouldered 2022 Cornas Granit 60 offers pronounced intensify of spice-box, cured meat, blackberry jam, cedarwood and wef fea bag alongside crushed violets and iodine subtleties. Full-bodied, concentrated and framed by a massive tannic core, the 2022 concludes with persistence on the expansive finish. Very promising. 2027-2035. 93-95 points." Nicolas Greinacher,
RED 2022 Vincent Paris - Cornas 'La Geynale' 75cl £240 per case of 6 Vincent Paris
Cornas 'La Geynale'
2022 / / 75cl
£240 per case of 6
Tasting NotesProduction of Geynale is just 4000-5000 bottles per year. The vineyard is named after ‘Genêt’, a small bush plant. This is a single parcel of old vines between 80-100 years old. The wine is aged for one year in oak barrels, 1 to 8 years old. Intense black fruit, smoke, delicate spice aromas and flavours and minerality. This is Syrah to equal some of the best cuvées from Côte Rôtie. RKL------"Lastly, and from the oldest vines in the Reynard and La Génale lieux-dits, the 2022 Cornas La Geynale is not destemmed and spent 16 months in used barrels. It’s on another level and brings a locked and loaded profile delivering tons of gorgeous, bloody blue fruits, roasted herbs, cured meats, and floral, peppery nuances. With medium to full-bodied richness as well as a stacked mid-palate and building tannins, this beauty will need 4-5 years of bottle age yet should evolve for two decades. Bravo. 94-96 points""The promising 2022 Cornas La Geynale was made with 100% whole-clusters during fermentation. A complex nose explodes with pungent raspberry jam, blackberry compote, roasted herbs, iodine, tobacco leaves, spice-box, candle wax and a splash of menthol. There's even a little gamey edge. This concentrated elixir hits the palate with mind-boggling energy and frames a massive tannic structure. I can t wait to taste the final result. 2028-2039. 94-96 points." Nicolas Greinacher,

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