M. Chapoutier 'Lieu-dit Saint-Pierre' Cornas 2019

M. Chapoutier 'Lieu-dit Saint-Pierre' Cornas 2019

France : Rhone
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75cl * Organic & Biodynamic * 14.0% ABV * Côtes Du Rhône, France 

A man of many hats, Michel Chapoutier holds the world record for full 100 out of 100 points awarded by the American critic Robert Parker. Mathilde, daughter of Michel, has taken the torch of this iconic house overseeing a vineyard of more than 350 hectares across the most prestigious appellations of the northern and southern Rhône Valley.

Lieu-dit Saint-Pierre 2019 is a Cornas wine made from Syrah vines planted on cool, south-east facing white granite and clay terroir, 400 meters above sea level. Grapes are harvested by hand at optimum ripeness, then fermented for 10 days in concrete vats to preserve freshness. Aging then takes place in barrels (20% of which are new) for 16- to 18-months.

Deep crimson hue with garnet tints, this Cornas has aromas of ripe and slightly stewed red fruit, blueberry coulis, crumpled fig leaf and spices. Full-bodied with fresh, velvety tannins and ample fruit flavours with a touch of cedar. There is a lingering complex finish with notes of sweet spice.

This wine from the Rhône Valley is the ideal partner for lamb or poultry, particularly the gamey, forest-y flavours of partridges with chanterelles. Serving between 14°C to 16°C.

Drinking Window: 2022-2039

95/100 points - James Suckling

94/100 points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous