Les Vins de Vienne Cornas ‘Les Barcillants’ 2003

87 points

Cornas, Northern Rhone, France. 13.5%

One of the reasons I bought this is that it is from the 2003 vintage. Not my favourite vintage in Bordeaux, Burgundy (or Australia for that matter) but the Rhone and Southern France seems to have handled this hot vintage well. In the Northern Rhone its a good vintage for concentrated but forward wines.

This wine is good, though not as concentrated as I might have hoped. It is forward and ripe, low acid but still classically Northern Rhone, refined and fairly savoury – quite removed from the syrupy style that is starting to grip South Australia at present.

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