Domaine Alain Voge Les Chailles Cornas 2019


Domaine Alain Voge Les Chailles Cornas 2019

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94 points Wine Spectator
Reveals rich dark cherry and plum fruit with a lightly mulled edge, while anise, tar and black olive accents fill in throughout. Shows a mouthwatering savory edge on the finish. Approachable for the fruit, but a decade in the cellar won't hurt. Best from 2023 through 2032.

Alain Voge and his wife Elaine have been estate-bottling Cornas since the mid-1950s. As the fourth generation of the Voge family to make wine in Cornas, Alain inherited his domaine from his father at a time when it was hardly worthwhile to harvest the grapes.

Today their seven hectares, out of a total of only 90 hectares currently under cultivation in Cornas, represents a total production of barely 2,000 cases. Almost all of the vines at Domaine Voge are 50+ years old, meaning that virtually all of Voge's production is labelled Vieilles Vignes. Les Chailles comes from parcels of Syrah grapes, with an average of 30 years old, on granitic terraces bordering a calcareous hill. This proximity gave particular siliceous concretions called 'Les Chailles' and a very particular taste to the wine. Vinification takes place in stainless steel vats. The grapes are partly destemmed and after a 4 weeks of maceration with daily pigeage and pump over, the wine is aged for 16 months in casks.