M. Chapoutier Cornas ‘Les Arenes’ Syrah

$72.00

Tasting Notes

Crimson red color. A complex yet subtle nose with aromas of blackcurrant and plum, layered with roasted coffee, cinnamon and cherry. Ripe red fruit flavors with hints of spice and licorice.

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Description

Description

Grape variety
Syrah

Ageing potential
10 to 15 years

Soil
Part of the vineyard is located on decomposing granite, known locally as “gore”, the other is on alluvial clay-limestone soil. This kind of soil produces powerful, meaty wines with good tannin. This type of granite also gives the wine power and a nice taut acidity. Parcels “Les Arènes” is a combination of several parcels growing on slopes in different early and late ripening areas which synthesize the best of Cornas: Les Reynards, Patou, Champelrose, Mazards, Les Côtes.

Harvest
The grapes are entirely hand-harvested

Vinification
Traditional, destemmed grapes. Fermentation lasts 10 days in concrete tanks, which results in a perfect polymerization of tannins. It is then followed by maceration lasting around 3 weeks.

Ageing
After vinification, the ageing process starts and lasts 14-16 months. 80% of the wine goes into oak barrels (100% French). The remaining 20% are aged in concrete tanks, which preserves the fruit and minerality expressed on these granitic soils.

Tasting

“Les Arènes” is a beautiful example of the
Cornas appellation.

Colour: intense red colour with purple lights.
Nose: very ripe fruits, raspberry and blackcurrant
jams.
Palate: blackberries, spices, morello cherry.
Dense and tight tannins with a great
persistency in mouth.