A bit too early yet but the poppies will soon be in the vineyards (Cornas, Rhone)

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Cornas village and wine region, Rhône, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Cornas is a small appellation (AOC / AOP) in the northern Rhône Valley in France. It is the least known and southern-most of the three “great” wine districts in northern Rhone: Côte Rôtie, Hermitage and Cornas. This small wine region centres around a small rural village called … Cornas.

The Cornas wine appellation is entirely dedicated to red wines made exclusively from the syrah grape. Syrah is by far the most important red quality grape in the northern Rhone, also exclusively used in Cote Rotie and dominant in Hermitage. It has recently risen from being the little nondescript cousin of the other two great appellation into standing virtually on par with them, producing wines of great distinction and quality. (Perhaps that had to do with the cousins becoming terribly expensive and consumer looking for more affordable alternatives?)

The entire Cornas wine district covers only a mere 90 hectares, smaller than some Bordeaux chateaux. All the vineyards are located on the slopes behind the village; quite steep slopes sometimes, some vineyards are even terraced.

Today the wines from Cornas are no longer cheap, but they often represent very good value for money. The traditional style with sometimes excessive and very hard tannins has in most cases given way to a wine style more based on balanced and ripe fruit with a strong underlying tannin structure.

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Rhone Cornas – stock photo samples – Images by Per Karlsson

 

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