M. Chapoutier Cornas ‘Les Arenes’ Syrah


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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Grape variety

Ageing potential
10 to 15 years

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.

The grapes are entirely hand-harvested

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.

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.


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

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