2017 alain voge, cornas, les chailles
Why We're Buying
Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles provides an affordable gateway into investment-grade Rhône wines. The syrah captures the essence of Cornas and Saint-Péray, with the fertile soils contributing notes of black fruits, wild herbs, and peppered meats.
A bright and fresh style, leading off with floral and bay leaf elements, followed by brisk-edged cassis and damson plum fruit flavors. The racy, mineral-pierced finish shows good persistence. Best from 2022 through 2032
As to the 2017s from bottle, the 2017 Cornas Les Chailles is brilliant, and readers should snatch it up. Rocking blueberries, blackberries, ground pepper, leafy herbs, violets, and graphite notes all flow to a textured, opulent Cornas that has sweet tannins, no hard edges, and flawless balance. It's brilliant bottle of wine that's going to knock it out of the park on the value scale. As with the 2018, it’s from a mix of terroirs, was destemmed, and brought up in used barrels
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Coming largely from the more fertile soils at the bottom of the slope, Voge's 2017 Cornas les Chailles is a silky, approachable version of Cornas, with just a bit more depth and structure than the Saint-Joseph. Enchanting herbal-floral notes appear on the nose, while the palate offers hints of crushed stone and blueberry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, finishing long and violet-laden.
Spicy hits of anise, black pepper, earth and leather lend a seductive tone to velvety black-currant and plum flavors in this wine. Richly textured on the palate it’s exhilarating and fresh too, with ripe and mouthcoating tannins. The wine drinks well already but should improve further through 2037. Citadel Trading.