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Cornas AC 2006, La Geynale
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  • 91. Cornas AC 2006, La Geynale

    Robert Michel

    100% Syrah (13% alc.)

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    Another northern Rhône classic from vines dating back to 1910, on a very sheltered southerly facing hillside of granite. This is Robert’s top cuvée and has the hallmark Cornas backbone, depth of fruit and staying power – the 1985 was drinking perfectly in February 2005! Limited quantity. For drinking now to 2025.

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Further details
Winemaker
Robert Michel
Location
Cornas
Size of domaine
5 hectares of Cornas
Grape
Syrah planted in 1910 on 3309 rootstock. Selection massale. 10,000 vines per hectare in gobelet form trained on wooden stakes.
Terroir
Very fine decomposed granite on 30° slope, granite bedrock (1 metre below). Due south facing. Very sheltered.
Viticulture
Soil allowed to grow grass between rows. Debud and carry out vendanges en vert. Both manually weed and use a little herbicide. Sulphur used to treat oidium. No insecticides, organic fertiliser used occasionally. Manual harvest. 37 hectos per hectare.
Vinification
Grapes gently crushed but not destalked. Alcoholic fermentation in cement cuve using natural indigenous yeasts. Uses remontages (2 per day) and 1 delestage at the end (no pigeages). During fermentation adds azote – v. powerful gas that chases out oxygen from the fermenting must. Temperature controlled by drapeaux at 30° max. 3 weeks cuvaison. Vin de presse assembled. Racked after malos then transferred to 1-6 yr old 600 ltr demi-muids (evaporation is 3 times less than with a smaller barrel). Doesn’t touch wine for 1 year then racks, assembles in 1 cuvée and bottles by contract in 1 go, with no fining or filtration. Prefers ‘Marsannay’ demi-muids – v. fine grained oak. Bottled in March after 18 months.
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