A tiny cuvee of the finest wine, the Cornas Vieilles Fontaines spends more time in small casks, 15-20% of which are new. A candidate for the Cornas of the vintage, the 2005 Cornas Vieilles Fontaines reveals some new oak along with copious quantities of blackberries, spicy figs, and truffles. With huge body, high tannin, and a marvelous finish, it should be at its finest between 2011-2027.
Consistently one of the top estates in Cornas, Alain Voge, who survived a liver transplant in 1998, is now partnered with the brilliant oenologist who worked for Michel Chapoutier, Alberic Mazoyer. In fact, Chapoutier is one of Voge’s investors. Alain Voge, who owns nearly 18 acres in Cornas, with some fabulous old vine parcels in Chaillot and Combe, also has 15 acres in St.-Peray, where he fashions one of that appellation’s finest dry whites, the Chablis look-alike called Fleur de Crussol. I was struck by how successful all of the following offerings were.